2018 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

¥10,780 (incl. tax)

Elegance, brightness, and versatility are what we love about Trefethen Estate Cab. Spice and savory notes compliment black and red fruit flavors; firm tannins and acidity provide structure and length, and the alcohol hovers around 14%. What’s not to like? The key to this wine is the terroir. Just north of Napa, Oak Knoll might seem a bit too foggy and cool for Cabernet. But gravelly soils in the Cabernet blocks of Trefethen’s vineyards radiate warmth throughout the nights, producing luscious, complex wines with bright, complex flavors. At the Decanter World Wine Awards, Oak Knoll was lauded as “ideal for mingling Napa’s diagnostic generosity and depth with an expressive finesse and approachability.” About the 2018, the judges went on to note that “the aromatic currant and berry fruits are blue, tender and enticing, with skilled and seamless oak integration. On the palate, the wine has weight and depth — but what you really notice in this 2018 vintage is its purity and inner energy.” Yes! Classic Trefethen - richly flavored and aromatic but elegant, balanced, and food-friendly. Serve with beef - especially dishes made with mushrooms, fresh rosemary or black pepper. Goes surprisingly well with Ahi or maguro steak with a peppercorn crust.


Winery Description

A family-owned producer of distinguished estate wines for over 50 years, Trefethen Family Vineyards has always been guided by a unique dedication to sustainable farming, thoughtful winemaking and gracious hospitality. The majority of Trefethen’s nearly 600 acres are found on the Main Ranch Vineyard, located in Oak Knoll – about midway between Yountville and Napa – a cooler district in the southern half of the Napa Valley. The other property is the Hillspring Vineyard, on the low foothills of the mountains just to west of Oak Knoll. Trefethen produces mainly Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling. However, it farms a total of nine grape varieties, the others being Malbec, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Pinot Noir. (The other varieties are either used for blending, released in special bottlings or sold to other wineries).  

Eugene Trefethen, an engineering company executive, purchased the historic, but run-down property in 1968 as a post-retirement hobby. When his son, John, suggested replanting the vineyards and founding an estate winery, the idea was considered foolhardy at best. Back then, the Napa Valley was an isolated community with more prune and walnut orchards than vineyards, and only 20 wineries were in existence. But the estate happened to feature a standing winery building from an earlier era, which added credence to the idea that wine would be both history and future. As it turned out, John and his wife, Janet, caught the new Napa winemaking wave, and their energy propelled Trefethen Family Vineyards into becoming one of the top new wineries of the 1970s. Indeed, in 1979 the 1976 Trefethen Chardonnay was declared “The Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau Wine Olympics held in Paris.

Since the mid-2000s, the third generation of Trefethens, John and Janet’s children, Hailey and Lorenzo, have taken charge. 50 years has given this family an intimate understanding of their vineyards, from the soils and microclimates of the various blocks to the varietals, the clones and the rootstock. With this knowledge, they can continue to create new blends and reserve wines made from superior blocks of the very best vines and build on a legacy of estate grown wines of remarkable quality and integrity. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Sub-Ava Oak Knoll District
Winery Trefethen
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.5
Case Size 32.5 x 25.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 14.2%
Product Code TR18NCB
UPC 013024170017

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Tasting notes

97 points (Best in Show) – Decanter 2021 World Wine Awards; 92 points – Wine and Spirits. 

Aromas of black currant, ripe plum, and blackberry and hints of lavender, cocoa, and leather precede concentrated layers of red fruit and baking spice notes on the palate. Fresh acidity and a nice structure give the wine an appealing lift. 



The wine aged for 18 months in 52% new oak.


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