HāLo Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
$220 / Bottle (750ml)
- CGCW 96
The future of our winery is in our vineyards. The future of our family is in our children for whom this wine is named—Hailey and Lorenzo. This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the very finest lots of our Hillspring Vineyard.
Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development.
This is an age-worthy wine that is exuberant, expressive, and ultimately exquisite. Aromas of cedar, tar, vanilla and blackberry are complemented by irresistible flavors of cassis, fresh plum, and a dusting of cocoa powder. Lingering threads of pepper and bay leaf carry through the bright but soft and silky finish.
Winery Chef Chris suggests pairing this vintage of HāLo with braised red meat or red wine porridge. At the winery, Chef has created specific recipes to enhance the delicious notes of this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Try it with our Pepper and Thyme Crusted Roast Beef, Cheesy Buttery Mashed Potatoes, or Red Wine Congee with Braised Beef Short Rib.
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“A perennial winner in the Cabernet sweepstakes, Trefethen’s latest HāLo bottling again finds its accustomed place at the head of the class and ranks among the richest and deepest Napa Valley Cabernets from what is an altogether outstanding vintage. It is lavish stuff, to be sure, but it is impeccably balanced for a wine of its richness with great varietal authority, and it steps up to the plate and hits a towering home run. There is simply so much going on here that it will be hard to resist it even now, but do find a place for it well back in cellar and allow it the seven to ten years of age it deserves.” December 2020