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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 FHB Merlot


  • 2012


  • 93% Merlot
    4% Malbec
    2% Cabernet Sauvignon
    1% Cabernet Franc


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • October 5-27


  • 18 months in 100% French


  • 14.2%

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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

“F·H·B”—Family Hold Back is designated for special wines made in very small quantities. It is a code for the Family to “hold back” and don’t drink all of this rare wine, reserving more for our friends to enjoy. We hope you will!

The fruit gives way to plum and a rich smokiness. Silky tannins and structure lead into a savory sage finish.

Food Affinities

Great with prime rib and lighter gamey dishes such as duck and quail.

Vintages 2014 2013 2012

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards