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Trefethen Halo Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
  • CG97
14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

To taste Halo is to take a magical walk through our Hillspring Vineyard. Aromas of blackberries and bay leaves like those that grow along the spring-fed creek that flows through the property entice the nose. The perfume from the oak forest that surrounds the vineyard invites the palate and delivers complex and deep flavors of tobacco, smoke and earth coming from the soil. An intoxicating perfumed aroma opens up to a rich and juicy palate of milk chocolate, black plum, cinnamon and hazelnut. A smooth texture with good structure provides a white glove finish. Decanting will bring out the best in this delicious wine.

The wine is complex with multilayers of cloves, chocolate, juicy plum and raspberry that all ride on a bright peppery, gamey base. Energetic and beautifully balanced, decanting will bring out the best in this delicious wine.

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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CG 97
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It is apparent from the very first sniff that there is something very special going on here, and all of the richness and beauty of this impeccably crafted wine's deep and wonderfully refined, incisively varietal aromas is reiterated in compelling and complex flavors that follow. Full and expressive but extraordinarily nuanced with a finish that seems to go on forever, this benchmark bottling is the stuff of which Cabernet dreams are made. As good as it is now, it is not near to reaching its best, and those who somehow can find the patience to wait will find new fascinations for a great many years to come.
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Trefethen Vineyards

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Trefethen Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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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.

Oak Knoll District

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As one of Napa’s coolest sub-appellations, the area begs for diversity among its vineyards. Merlot and Chardonnay firmly compete with Cabernet Sauvignon for a place here. Some of Napa’s best Zinfandels also come from the Oak Knoll District.

Situated far in Napa’s southern end, Oak Knoll receives a strong cooling influence from both the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Coast’s evening fog and breezes. Summer days are warm but on average ten degrees cooler than in St. Helena; summer nights are chilly. A long growing season promotes for leisurely ripening of grape berries, resulting in an impressive balance of sugars, phenols and acidity in resulting wines.

Notable producers are Trefethen, one of the appellation’s oldest wineries, Robert Biale, legendary Zinfandel producer and Lewis Cellars, a family-run, hands-on establishment.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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