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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2014 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.

Vintage

  • 2014

Varietal

  • 95% Cabernet Sauvignon
    3% Malbec
    2% Petit Verdot

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Hillspring

Harvest

  • September 2-October 14

Oak

  • 30 months in 100% new Marchive French

Alcohol

  • 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

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.

Accolades  

96 POINTS (v. 2014)
"Perennially vying for top honors as one of the most impressive Cabernets of the year, HāLo is once again a magnificent effort that ranks with the most collectable wines around. It is amazingly deep with all of the richness and range for which one could ask, and its uncanny knack for being as impeccably balanced as it is so marvelously extracted is in full evidence. It is remarkably refined and very powerful at one and the same time, and, while fit with a full complement of ageworthy tannins, it neatly avoids even the slightest suggestion of coarseness. Think twice before pulling its cork before seven or eight years have passed, and rest assured that it will be lovely stuff to pour for special occasions over the next decade or two."
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2018

RED WINE OF THE YEAR
97 POINTS (v. 2013)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2017 & January 2018

95 POINTS (v. 2013)
James Suckling May 2017

RED WINE OF THE YEAR
(v. 2013, 2012, 2010 & 2009)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

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



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