2014 Trefethen Reserve Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Trefethen Reserve Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Oak Knoll District’s micro climate of cool summer nights and mornings is one of the secrets behind this elegant Napa Valley Cabernet. The other is that only the very best blocks of the Hillspring Vineyard (57%) and the Main Ranch Vineyard (43%) are used as the fruit source. With a third dry winter in a row as well as a severe August earthquake, 2014 would seem to have been hexed; on the other hand, the wines clearly demonstrate it to be one of Napa’s great vintages of the decade. Trefethen’s Reserve Cab is a case in point, offering pure pleasure with layer upon layer of dark fruit, rich chocolate, cedar and spice. And all that is kept in balance with modest (for Napa Cab) 14.1% alcohol and excellent structure. Put this wine away for a decade or serve it this weekend – either way, you won’t be disappointed. A meal of lamb or prime rib will shine with this wine; peppercorns and carmelized onions are recommended complimentary flavors.

Winery


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) Oak Knoll District (Napa)
Winery Trefethen
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 30.5
Case Size 27.5 x 19.0 x 32.0
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code TR14RCB
UPC 013024170314

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Black plum and notes of licorice lead to layers of blackberry, currant, black pepper and chocolate. Spice flavors and velvet tannins grace the long finish.

Production


Vinification

The wine aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak.

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