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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 HaLo

HāLo is named for Trefethen’s 3rd generation, Hailey and Lorenzo, who grew up in the middle of our Hillspring Vineyard in the Mayacamas foothills of western Napa Valley, the source of this extraordinary red wine. The vineyard’s rocky, shallow soils, coupled with a climate protected from fog and wind, make Hillspring the perfect spot to grow exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.


  • 2013


  • 94% Cabernet Sauvignon
    6% Petit Verdot


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Hillspring


  • September 10-October 17


  • 30 months in 100% new Marchive French


  • 14.8%

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The Vintage

The spring was warm and dry, getting the vines off to an early start. The weather stayed warm throughout the summer but was free of damaging heat spells. September brought a classic Napa Valley autumn with warm days and very cool nights. With the consistent warmth, the harvest began about two weeks early and we had a very busy September. The beautiful growing season resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavors, developed in the sunshine, and balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights.

The Wine

A true expression of our terroir, one can literally taste the flavors of our Hillspring vineyard in every sip of HāLo. Your nose is enchanted with botanical aromas of the oak forest which surrounds the vines as perfumed scents of earth, bay leaf, tobacco, and dark fruit dance in the glass. The palate is rich with great structure and complex flavors of cherry, plum, and a long, spicy finish of black pepper, nutmeg, and thyme. To enjoy every nuance of this sumptuous wine, decant before serving. Further rewards await those who have the patience to cellar a few bottles for future enjoyment. Salud!

Food Affinities

HāLo should be reserved for the finest cuts of full-flavored beef, lamb, and game. Add a mushroom or reduced wine sauce and your palate will be singing with pleasure. Thyme, black pepper and rosemary are also lovely complements.


95 POINTS (v. 2013)
Aromas of blackberries and blueberries as well as spice. Flowers, too. Full to medium body and velvety tannins. Lovely and delicious now. Structured yet balanced.
James Sucklilng
May 2017

97 POINTS (v. 2012)
A rich and altogether compelling wine right from the start...It remains high on our list of perennial favorites, and, if truth be told, we cannot remember a better version.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2016

96 POINTS (v. 2010)
Please, ignore the lure of its deep fruit that will invite some to drink it up long before it has reached its best.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2015

97 POINTS (v. 2009)
It is apparent from the very first sniff that there is something very special going on here...this benchmark bottling is the stuff of which Cabernet dreams are made.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2014

#1 Red Wine of the Year (v. 2009)
Here is a wine that has garnered one of the highest numerical ratings ever given to the grape in this publication. It is an extraordinary wine...
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2014

95 POINTS ~ Cellar Selection (v. 2008 & 2007)
Trefethen has been on a roll the last few years, producing some of Napa’s most spectacular Cabernets.
Wine Enthusiast, February 2014

95 POINTS (v. 2008 & 2007)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine December 2013

96 POINTS (v. 2006 & 2005)
“From the very first sniff, this wonderfully well-composed wine conveys enormous depth and complexity.”
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards