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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2009 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.


  • 2009


  • 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
    3% Cabernet Franc
    2% Malbec
    1% Merlot
    1% Petit Verdot

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 8–November 5


  • 16 months in 81% French and 19% American


  • 14.1%

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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

Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight the first impression of this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish.

Food Affinities

Start with a base of a hearty red meat, duck or veal cut. Compliment the entree with sides or sauces featuring mushrooms, roasted tomatoes or garden spices to bring out the flavors in the wine. When pairing with cheese, stay with cow's milk or very mild blue cheeses.


91 POINTS vintage 2009
Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

90 POINTS vintage 2009
Decanter, January 2013

90 POINTS vintage 2009
“Attractive and very carefully placed elements of sweet spice and cream provide a nice boost in richness throughout this very well-made young Cabernet, but precise and persistent varietal fruit is the larger message here....”
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 2012

90 POINTS vintage 2009
“Smooth and medium-weight with elegance and soft texture; plum and juicy berry fruit; balanced and clean with charm and finesse.”
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel,
December 2012

91 POINTS vintage 2008
Cellar Selection”Wine Enthusiast

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

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards