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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


  • 2013


  • 96% Cabernet Sauvignon
    4% Malbec


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 72% Hillspring
    28% Main Ranch


  • September 10-October 21

100% New Oak

  • 21 months in French


  • 14.5%

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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

The wine opens with a complex aroma of cocoa powder, tobacco, black cherries and purple plums. The rich palate features savory notes combined with these intense dark fruit flavors. The integration of the oak influence and tannin from the grapes creates a mouthfeel that is smooth and long-lasting.

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