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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in gravelly soils in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. These well drained soils combined with limited yields produce Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright and complex flavors.


  • 2011


  • 79% Cabernet Sauvignon
    18% Malbec
    3% Petit Verdot

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 30–November 2


  • 18 months in 54% French, 29% American and 17% Hungarian


  • 14.0%

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The Vintage

2011 got off to a late start with a cool and wet spring. A surprise rain in our typically dry June was followed by a more seasonable, but cooler summer. We were delighted by a very warm and dry September. October was a roller-coaster with some rains early on and then, thankfully it was dry and warm. Being 100% estate grown, we opted to drop fruit affected by the colder weather and produce our wines from only the remaining ripe and well-balanced grapes. Thus, our yields were considerably smaller and the grapes rich in flavor.

The Wine

Aromas of coffee and dark berries with hints of bay leaf carry through onto the palate. Firm tannins build alongside flavors of ripe plum fruit, sweet toffee and creamy oak in this classic Napa Cabernet.

Food Affinities

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


GOLD (v. 2011)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition December 2013

90 POINTS (v. 2011)
California Grapevine July 2014

GOLD ~ 90 POINTS (v. 2011)
Los Angeles International Wine Competition May 2014

90 POINTS (v. 2010)
Anthony Dias Blue The Tasting Panel August 2013

California Grapevine June 2013

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