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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2010 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.


  • 2010


  • 87% Cabernet Sauvignon
    11% Malbec
    1% Merlot
    1% Petit Verdot

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 3–October 26


  • 17 months in 62% French, 20% Hungarian and 18% American


  • 14.1%

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The Vintage

The vines got off to a slow start as April and May were both cooler and wetter than average. The cool trend continued into the mild summer and a full growing season that was our coolest since 1978. The exception was one notable heat spell in late August, when temperatures soared to over 111° F! Fortunately, September and October brought enough warm days to provide a beautiful finish to the growing season, allowing us to complete harvest a full week earlier than in 2009.

The Wine

Aromas of black currant and savory spices highlight the nose on this beautiful and balanced wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. The finish is lush with richness and great structure.

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 (v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
Decanter, January 2013

90 POINTS (v. 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 (v. 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 (v. 2008)
Cellar Selection”Wine Enthusiast

97 POINTS (v. 2005)
“A monumental cabernet that succeeds on every level…” Wine Enthusiast

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards