2018 TREFETHEN "HāLo" Estate Napa Valley


¥49,500 (incl. tax)

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A rich, structured, and elegant wine with power, balance, and beauty, HaLo – Trefethen’s flagship – is named for the family’s third generation, Hailey and Loren. This estate Cabernet Sauvignon is produced entirely from the estate’s Hillspring Vineyard, where Cabernet vines grow on gentle slopes, rocky soils, and slightly warmer conditions than those at the winery at Oak Knoll. Deep, rich, complex, and multi-layered, the wine is known for earthy flavors and aromas that hint at the oak forest surrounding the vineyard. About 2018 HaLo, the winery writes, “Our most rare and beloved Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth and fresh. Aromas of ripe raspberry with notes of pepper, bay leaf, and a touch of sasparilla. On the palate, this is a dark, dense wine, with layers of plum and raspberry, and notes of baking spices and tobacco. The finish is sustained and powerful.” The Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine calls 2018 HaLo “an altogether delicious, show-stopping glassful even now despite being structured to age for a very long time, but those succumbing to its early charms would be wise to hide a bottle or two away lest they miss the added pleasures that only time can bring. The structure and tannins suggest that HaLo is a wine to put down for future celebrations, so be sure to decant when drinking young. Beef and lamb dishes would go well with HaLo, especially when enhanced with thyme and mushrooms. 


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) Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 32.5
Case Size 37.5 x 32.5 x 12.0
Alcohol 14.6%
Product Code TR18HLO

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

95 points – The Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine: 91 points – James Suckling. 

Aromas of raspberry with accents of pepper, black olives, bay leaf, and loam. The palate is dark and dense, with layers of plum and cassis supported by fine-grained tannins and notes of cedar and sage in a long finish. Built for the long haul, the wine rewards decanting and a little time to open up.



The wine aged 30 months in 100% new French oak.

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