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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 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.


  • 2012


  • 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
    11% Malbec
    4% Merlot

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • October 1–29


  • 18 months in 58% French, 34% American and 8% Hungarian


  • 14.1%

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The Vintage

A classic vintage for the Napa Valley, the 2012 growing season was characterized by warm days and cool nights. In our vineyards in the Oak Knoll District, a dry and warm spring provided the vines with a strong start and the summer was generally mild with most days getting up into the 80’s and many nights as low as the 40’s. The early start to the season was tempered by a slightly cooler than average autumn resulting in typical harvest dates for all varieties–and grapes and wines of exceptional quality.

The Wine

Vibrant and deep ruby in color. The nose offers enticing aromas of blackberries, black cherries and currants; while the oak adds clove, cedar and toffee notes. The palate is greeted by fine tannins and finishes round and silky. Balanced and drinkable now, but also an excellent addition to the collector's cellar.

Food Affinities

Beef is the obvious choice to highlight this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon. Enhance recipes with a touch of oregano, thyme or black pepper. Side dishes or sauces featuring mushrooms will make the wine shine.


Featured in SUNSET MAGAZINE (v. 2012)
Collect a Few Good Reds "Exotic spice, earth and black cherry with elegant tannins."
January 2016

96 POINTS (v. 2012)
"This vintage of Trefethen's estate Cabernet is a stunning example of the winery's prowess over the past four decades. It has everything, and everything is in balance, making it a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon of uncommon harmony."
Robert Whitley Wine Review Online  January 2015

92 POINTS ~ Highly Recommended
(v. 2012)
Decanter  February 2016

92 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended
(v. 2012)
California Grapevine  May 2015

PLATINUM ~ 94 POINTS (v. 2012)
Critics Challenge  June 2015

PLATINUM ~ 95 POINTS (v. 2012)
San Diego International Wine Competition
January 2015

91 POINTS (v. 2011)
Anthony Dias Blue The Tasting Panel  June 2014

90 POINTS ~ Highly Recommended (v. 2011)
California Grapevine  July 2014

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

91 POINTS (v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast  March 2013

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
Decanter  January 2013

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

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards