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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 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.


  • 2012


  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Hillspring


  • October 4 - 19


  • 30 months in 100% new Marchive French


  • 14.4%

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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

HāLo sings of its terroir. Aromas of the vineyard are intoxicating with highlights of blackberries and bay leaf. The perfume from the oak forest that surrounds the vineyard invites the palate and delivers complex and deep flavors of tobacco. The wine has a rich and velvety texture. Bold and triumphant on the palate, the flavors are robust and spicy with dark chocolate, rich cherries and a finish that goes on and on. Decanting will bring out the best in this delicious wine and the ultimate reward is given to those who can wait and let HāLo rest for a few more years in a wine cellar.

Food Affinities

HāLo should be reserved for the finest cuts of full-flavored beef, lamb, and game.


97 POINTS (v. 2012)
A rich and altogether compelling wine right from the start...It remains high on our list of perennial favorites, and, if truth be told, we cannot remember a better version.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2016

96 POINTS (v. 2010)
Please, ignore the lure of its deep fruit that will invite some to drink it up long before it has reached its best.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2015

97 POINTS (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

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