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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 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.


  • 2013


  • 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
    4% Malbec
    2% Petit Verdot
    1% Merlot

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 10-October 21


  • 18 months in 60% French, 28% American, 12% Hungarian


  • 14.8%

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The Vintage

The spring was warm and dry, getting the vines off to an early start. The weather stayed warm throughout the summer but was free of damaging heat spells. September brought a classic Napa Valley autumn with warm days and very cool nights. With the consistent warmth, the harvest began about two weeks early and we had a very busy September. The beautiful growing season resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavors, developed in the sunshine, and balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights.

The Wine

Vibrant and deep ruby color. The very attractive nose has aromas of fresh blackberry, red currant and dried fruit. The palate is round and opens with earthy tones and finishes with silky flavors of cassis, chocolate and black pepper. Balanced and drinkable now, but also an excellent addition to the collector's cellar.

Food Affinities

Start with a base of a hearty red meat, duck or veal cut. To bring out the flavors in the wine, complement the entree with sides or sauces featuring mushrooms, roasted tomatoes or garden spices (oregano or thyme).


90 POINTS (v. 2013)
Wine Enthusiast  September 2016

95 POINTS (v. 2013)
"Top producer, long history of classic wine, definer of regional characteristics, signature variety -- put them all together and it equals a high score, right? Certainly not always, but in this case the answer is an unqualified yes. This is a classic Napa Valley wine, showing once again Trefethen's mastery with Cabernet."
Rich Cook Wine Review Online  January 2016

A- (v. 2013)
“Some presentations are called "classic" for very, very good reasons."
Joe Roberts, 1winedude  October 2016

GOLD ~ BEST OF CLASS (v. 2013)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition  January 2016

91 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended (v. 2013)
California Grapevine  March 2016

PLATINUM ~ 94 POINTS (v. 2013)
Winemaker Challenge  January 2016

93 POINTS (v. 2013)
"Classic producer makes a beautiful red."
James Suckling   January 2016

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

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

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards