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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


  • 2012


  • 79% Cabernet Sauvignon
    12% Malbec
    9% Petit Verdot


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 58% Hillspring
    42% Main Ranch


  • October 3-20

100% New Oak

  • 21 months in French


  • 14.4%

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The Vintage

A classic vintage for the Napa Valley, the 2012 growing season was characterized by warm days and cool nights. In our vineyards in the Oak Knoll District, a dry and warm spring provided the vines with a strong start and the summer was generally mild with most days getting up into the 80’s and many nights as low as the 40’s. The early start to the season was tempered by a slightly cooler than average autumn resulting in typical harvest dates for all varieties–and grapes and wines of exceptional quality.

The Wine

Expressive and aromatic layers of dark fruit and fennel with notes of lavender greet the nose as a mix of complex and clean flavors of milk chocolate, blackberry and black pepper blanket the palate. The spice filled finish is well structured and leaves a velvety impression in your mouth.

Food Affinities

Lamb, beef or the meatier fishes such as tuna or salmon, simply prepared and sauced, create a special pairing with this wine. Thyme, peppercorns and caramelized onions are wonderful complementary flavors.


94 POINTS (v. 2012)
"A very rich red with crushed blueberry, spice and bark undertones. Full-bodied, firm and silky with tone tannins and gorgeous fruit. This is a 2012 cab for aging but intrigues you now. Why wait?"
James Suckling January 2016

94 POINTS (v. 2010)
"Classic cab from classic producer."
James Suckling May 2014

92 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended (v. 2010)
California Grapevine, February 2014

90 POINTS ~ Highly Recommended (v. 2010)
Linda Murphy, Decanter, February 2014

93 POINTS (v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
The Wine Advocate, December 2012

92 POINTS (v. 2008)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

5 STARS (v. 2008)
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine

99 POINTS ~ Cellar Selection (v. 2005)
“This is nearly perfect....monumental wine whose sheer power is matched only by its grace and refinement...” 
Wine Enthusiast

Best Red Bordeaux Varietal in North America  (v. 2002)
“Powerful, classy oak nose. Rich, plump, full-bodied, powerful and concentrated. Imposing, spicy, long and seductive. Classic.” 
2007 Decanter World Wine Awards

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards