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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2009 HaLo

Our flagship wine, HāLo is named for our children, Hailey and Loren, who grew up in the middle of our Hillspring Vineyard in the Mayacamas foothills of western Napa Valley, the source of this extraordinary red wine. The vineyard’s rocky, shallow soils, coupled with a climate protected from fog and wind, make Hillspring the perfect spot to grow exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.


  • 2009


  • 95% Cabernet Sauvignon
    5% Petit Verdot


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Hillspring


  • September 25 - October 30


  • 31 months in 100% new Marchive French


  • 14.0%

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The Vintage

2009 was an excellent, even-keeled vintage in Napa Valley. Consistently mild weather throughout the growing and harvest seasons resulted in stress-free vines, long grape hang times, and fruit with finely developed flavors at lower-than-normal sugar levels.

The Wine

To taste HāLo is to take a magical walk through our Hillspring Vineyard. Aromas of blackberries and bay leaves like those that grow along the spring-fed creek that flows through the property entice the nose. The perfume from the oak forest that surrounds the vineyard invites the palate and delivers complex and deep flavors of tobacco, smoke and earth coming from the soil.
An intoxicating perfumed aroma opens up to a rich and juicy palate of milk chocolate, black plum, cinnamon and hazelnut. A smooth texture with good structure provides a white glove finish. Decanting will bring out the best in this delicious wine.

The wine is complex with multilayers of cloves, chocolate, juicy plum and raspberry that all ride on a bright peppery, gamey base. Energetic and beautifully balanced, decanting will bring out the best in this delicious wine.

Food Affinities

The full body of the wine marries well with protein and fat such as those found in beef, game and game birds. Add a mushroom or reduced wine sauce and your palate will be singing with pleasure. Thyme is a lovely complement.


97 POINTS - Three Puffs (v. 2009)
It is apparent from the very first sniff that there is something very special going on here...this benchmark bottling is the stuff of which Cabernet dreams are made.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2014

#1 Red Wine of the Year (v. 2009)
Here is a wine that has garnered one of the highest numerical ratings ever given to the grape in this publication. It is an extraordinary wine...
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2014

4+ STARS (v. 2009)
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine August 2014

95 POINTS ~ CELLAR SELECTION (v. 2008 & 2007)
Trefethen has been on a roll the last few years, producing some of Napa’s most spectacular Cabernets.
Wine Enthusiast, February 2014

95 POINTS (v. 2008 & 2007)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine December 2013

96 POINTS (v. 2006 & 2005)
“From the very first sniff, this wonderfully well-composed wine conveys enormous depth and complexity.”
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards