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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, an essential component of the great red wine blends of France’s Bordeaux region, prospers in the ancient alluvial soils, temperate climate and long growing season of our estate vineyard.


  • 2012


  • 99% Cabernet Franc
    1% Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • October 3–5


  • 18 months in 88% American
    12% French


  • 14.5%

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The Vintage

A classic vintage for the Napa Valley, the 2012 growing season was characterized by warm days and cool nights. In our vineyards in the Oak Knoll District, a dry and warm spring provided the vines with a strong start and the summer was generally mild with most days getting up into the 80’s and many nights as low as the 40’s. The early start to the season was tempered by a slightly cooler than average autumn resulting in typical harvest dates for all varieties–and grapes and wines of exceptional quality.

The Wine

Rich ruby color. Impressive aromas of violet, brambly blackberry, toffee, espresso and spicy vanilla oak. The palate expresses dark cherry and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Long, lingering finish with a hint of smoke.

Food Affinities

Pair with steak frites, grilled tri-tip, beef with broccoli stir-fry. Also try with international dishes from Mexico, Greece and the Middle East.


Robert Parker, October 2014 (v. 2012)
“Trefethen’s sexy, lush 2012 Cabernet Franc possesses attractive berry fruit intermixed with hints of blueberries and raspberries, soft tannins, medium body and a velvety texture.”

91 POINTS (v. 2008)
1st Place ~ Very Highly Recommended
“Medium ruby; attractive, spicy, cedary, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla and dried herbs.” California Grapevine, February 2012

San Francisco International Wine Competition

“Highly Recommended” (v. 2001)
Top Ten Cabernet Francs
California Grapevine

92 POINTS (v. 2000)
Wine & Spirits Magazine

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards