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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 HaLo

HāLo is named for Trefethen’s 3rd generation, Hailey and Lorenzo, 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.


  • 2013


  • 94% Cabernet Sauvignon
    6% Petit Verdot


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Hillspring


  • September 10-October 17


  • 30 months in 100% new Marchive French


  • 14.8%

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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

A true expression of our terroir, one can literally taste the flavors of our Hillspring vineyard in every sip of HāLo. Your nose is enchanted with botanical aromas of the oak forest which surrounds the vines as perfumed scents of earth, bay leaf, tobacco, and dark fruit dance in the glass. The palate is rich with great structure and complex flavors of cherry, plum, and a long, spicy finish of black pepper, nutmeg, and thyme. To enjoy every nuance of this sumptuous wine, decant before serving. Further rewards await those who have the patience to cellar a few bottles for future enjoyment. Salud!

Food Affinities

HāLo should be reserved for the finest cuts of full-flavored beef, lamb, and game. Add a mushroom or reduced wine sauce and your palate will be singing with pleasure. Thyme, black pepper and rosemary are also lovely complements.


97 POINTS (v. 2013)
Once again assuming its accustomed position among the very best Cabernet Sauvignons of the vintage, the latest Trefethen HāLo is a remarkably sophisticated offering of altogether stunning complexity and depth. It is concentrated, it is intense and it is amazingly deep in very pure, curranty fruit, yet it comes with a rare sense of refinement and grace for a wine of its richness and weight, and, if its manifold attractions cannot be ignored, know that it is a very long way from approaching its peak. It is the kind of Cabernet of which collector’s dreams are made, and we would very happily hide a few bottles away for a decade or two.

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2017 & January 2018

95 POINTS (v. 2013)
James Suckling May 2017

97 POINTS (v. 2012 & 2009)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2016 & 2014

96 POINTS (v. 2010)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
December 2015

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

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards