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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in gravelly soils that warm quickly in the spring. This warmer site, combined with limited yields, produces Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright, complex flavors, resulting in wine with deep ruby color and heady aromas of plums, blackberries, and forest-floor spice.


  • 2006


  • 91% Cabernet Sauvignon
    4% Malbec
    3% Merlot
    2% Petit Verdot


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 26th – November 1st


  • 17 months in French and American Oak


  • 14.1% by volume


  • May 2008

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The Vintage

One of the longest growing seasons in our 40 years in Napa Valley began with a New Year’s flood and continued with an unusually cool, wet spring, then segued into a very mild summer punctuated by a record July heat wave. August and September were ideal with morning fog, mild afternoons and cool, crisp evenings, while October was dominated by unseasonably cool weather which slowed ripening, elongated the harvest and tried our patience!

The Wine

Aromas of coffee and black cherry with hints of bay leaf carry through onto the palate lengthening the flavor profile. Firm tannins build alongside flavors of ripe plum fruit and walnut in this classic Napa Cabernet.

Food Affinities

Delicious with beef, lamb and game dishes, especially those incorporating oregano, thyme, mushrooms and black pepper.


FOUR STARS (v. 2006)
Decanter Magazine

DOUBLE GOLD (v. 2006)
2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

97 POINTS (v. 2005)
Monumental cabernet that succeeds on every level..."
Wine Enthusiast June 2013

PLATINUM (v. 2005)
Sommelier Challenge

DOUBLE GOLD (v. 2005)
San Francisco International Wine Competition

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards