Trefethen Halo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Trefethen's Hillspring Vineyard on the Mayacamas foothills of western Napa Valley expresses its terroir so elegantly in Halo. The
nose is defined by black fruit, bay leaves and chocolate. The luscious mouth is highlighted with raspberry and blackberry. Subtle notes of tobacco, smoke and earth dance in the background, deriving from the Hillspring soil itself. Spice and black pepper give way to a lingering finish. This wine will evolve in a cellar for the next 20 to 30 years. Decanting before serving is recommended
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
"A bit difficult to approach now, this has tight tannins that lock down the wine with astringency. Blended with a little Petit Verdot and Malbec, it slowly reveals massive layers of blackberries, cassis liqueur and dark chocolate, remaining stubbornly tight throughout. Many people will drink it soon with beef, and that's fine, especially with a good decant, but it should reward even more... Cellar Selection."
"As deep as any of its high-priced cousins and far more polished than most, the 2007 HaLo is a striking wine of real complexity and nuance. It teams plentiful, keenly defined, curranty, varietal fruit with sweet and wonderfully sympathetic oak spice, and its impressions of richness are matched by those of particularly fine balance. It is replete with the sturdy latter-palate tannins that an age-worthy young Cabernet requires, and, here again, it shows a sophisticated sense of refinement that reaffirms its place as one of the very best in its class."
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Built in 1886, John and Janet Trefethen began restoring what is today the Trefethen winery in 1973. A national historic landmark and the only wooden gravity-flow winery in the Napa Valley, Trefethen is also one of Napa's largest estate wineries, with its 600 acres of vineyards surrounding the winery. The Trefethen family creates Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling as well as limited quantities of Library Selection Chardonnay, Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
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