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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 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.


  • 2013


  • 100% Cabernet Franc


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 5–10


  • 18 months in 45% French,
    41% American,
    14% Hungarian


  • 14.1%

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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

Intriguing nose of red fruits, violets, and black currant announce an earthy spice flavor with hints of sage and mushroom. Its firm tannins are graced by a silky texture and a persistent finish contains hints of dusty dark chocolate.

Food Affinities

Pairs exceptionally well with mild meats with flavors of fresh rosemary, tarragon or sage. Tomato or mushroom based sauces are the best accompaniments. Also try with slightly spicy Mexican dishes like enchiladas or chicken mole.


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