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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2008 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.


  • 2008


  • 91% Cabernet Sauvignon
    6% Merlot
    1% Cabernet Franc
    1% Malbec
    1% Petit Verdot

Estate Vineyard

  • 99% Main Ranch
    1% Hillspring


  • Sept. 11–Oct. 28


  • 17 months in 98% French and 2% American


  • 14.6%

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The Vintage

The growing season in 2008 began with more spring frost events than we have experienced in decades. You could find the crew two out of every three nights during the month of April in the vineyard “frost-protecting”. Rainfall wasn’t as generous as in past years either. However the summer growing season was splendid, followed by a beautiful fall that provided the perfect finish for the vintage.

The Wine

Lush aromas fill your glass with black currant, boysenberries, and bing cherries. On the palate, these fruit flavors lengthen into a spicy finish with the help of balanced tannin as a backbone. The medium weight body adds a soft texture that coats your mouth and lingers long after your last sip.

Food Affinities

Mushrooms are a wonderful bridge between wine and food dishes, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon. Add a piece of protein such as beef, lamb, or game and your palate will be singing with happiness.


91 POINTS vintage 2008
“Cellar Selection” Wine Enthusiast

90 POINTS vintage 2008
“Very Highly Recommended” Callifornia Grapevine

92 POINTS vintage 2008
“…charming with restrained style.”
The Tasting Panel Magazine

90 POINTS vintage 2008
“I always like the balance in the Cabernets from here.”

92 POINTS vintage 2007
Wine Enthusiast

90 POINTS vintage 2007
“This stylish, graceful, harmonious red defines prettiness and finesse.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

97 POINTS vintage 2005
“A monumental cabernet that succeeds on every level…” Wine Enthusiast

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards