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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Library Release

Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in gravelly soils that warm quickly in the spring. This warmer site, combined with limited yields, produces Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright, complex flavors, resulting in wine with deep ruby color and heady aromas of plums, blackberries, and forest-floor spice.


  • 2004


  • 90% Cabernet Sauvignon
    8% Merlot
    1% Cabernet Franc
    1% Petit Verdot


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 23-October 14


  • 16 months in French and American


  • 14.1%


  • May 2006

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The Vintage

An unusually warm, dry spring led to early budbreak and set the stage for an early harvest. Summer temperatures were seasonably warm, with early September bringing a memorable heat spell. The early season heat-stress resulted in smaller grape clusters and berries with intense, concentrated aromas and flavors.

The Wine

Deep ruby in color, this complex Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a luxurious nose of blackberry, black cherry, plum, black currant, cola nut and chocolate with a hint of black pepper and olive. The tannins are ripe and velvety, leading to a richly textured palate. The wine’s fresh, rich raspberry jam, blackberry, currant and chocolate flavors lead to a long persistent finish of cherry and toasted oak vanilla.

Food Affinities

Delicious with beef, lamb and game dishes, especially those incorporating oregano, thyme, mushrooms and black pepper.

Vintages  2004 2002

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards