2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in gravelly soils in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. These well drained soils combined with limited yields produce Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright and complex flavors.
- 86% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Petit Verdot
- 100% Main Ranch
September 2-October 14
- 18 months in 59% French, 31% American, 10% Hungarian
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The 2014 vintage was rather exciting. We feel very fortunate to have brought in such fantastic grapes in a year that was marked by severe drought and a significant earthquake here in Napa just as harvest began. The weather throughout the growing season was absolutely perfect, with our classic warm days and cool nights. We brought in grapes from each block as they reached ideal ripeness and have produced wines of truly exceptional quality.The Wine
The beautiful nose features aromas of blackberry, red currant and dried fruit. The palate is round and luxurious with herbal tones and well integrated oak. The elegant finish has complex flavors of cassis, cocoa and black pepper.Food Affinities
Bring out the flavors in the wine with the addition of thyme or black pepper over a prime cut of beef, pork or duck. Our favorites are wine braised short ribs or grilled beef tenderloin with a mushroom sauce.Accolades
92 POINTS (v. 2014)
James Suckling May 2017
93 POINTS ~ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (v. 2013)
Decanter February 2017
90 POINTS (v. 2013)
Wine Enthusiast September 2016
95 POINTS (v. 2013)
"Top producer, long history of classic wine, definer of regional characteristics, signature variety -- put them all together and it equals a high score, right? Certainly not always, but in this case the answer is an unqualified yes. This is a classic Napa Valley wine, showing once again Trefethen's mastery with Cabernet."
Rich Cook Wine Review Online January 2016
A- (v. 2013)
“Some presentations are called "classic" for very, very good reasons."
Joe Roberts, 1winedude October 2016
GOLD ~ BEST OF CLASS (v. 2013)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition January 2016
91 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended (v. 2013)
California Grapevine March 2016
PLATINUM ~ 94 POINTS (v. 2013)
Winemaker Challenge January 2016
93 POINTS (v. 2013)
"Classic producer makes a beautiful red."
James Suckling January 2016
Featured in SUNSET MAGAZINE (v. 2012)
Collect a Few Good Reds "Exotic spice, earth and black cherry with elegant tannins."
97 POINTS (v. 2005)
“A monumental cabernet that succeeds on every level…” Wine Enthusiast