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Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Vibrant and deep ruby in color. The nose offers enticing aromas of blackberries, black cherries and currants; while the oak adds clove, cedar and toffee notes. The palate is greeted by fine tannins and finishes round and silky. Balanced and drinkable now, but also an excellent addition to the collector's cellar. Beef is the obvious choice to highlight this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon. Enhance recipes with a touch of oregano, thyme or black pepper. Side dishes or sauces featuring mushrooms will make the wine shine.

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Trefethen Vineyards & Winery:
Constructed in 1886 by a Scottish sea captain, Hamden McIntyre, our winery was originally known as Eshcol. McIntyre designed it as a gravity-flow system: a horse-drawn winch brought grapes to the third floor of the three-story structure for crushing; gravity carried the juice to the second floor for fermenting; and, eventually, the wine descended to the first floor for aging. Eshcol was amon... Read more
Constructed in 1886 by a Scottish sea captain, Hamden McIntyre, our winery was originally known as Eshcol. McIntyre designed it as a gravity-flow system: a horse-drawn winch brought grapes to the third floor of the three-story structure for crushing; gravity carried the juice to the second floor for fermenting; and, eventually, the wine descended to the first floor for aging. Eshcol was among a number of wineries McIntyre designed during this period; the others were Greystone (now The Culinary Institute of America), Far Niente and Inglenook. During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Napa Valley was a thriving viticultural community with nearly 140 wineries. However, in the late 1890s, phylloxera, a root louse that destroys grapevines, brought wine production in Napa to a crashing halt. Growers soon recovered with re-planted vines, but in 1920, Prohibition arrived, driving a stake through the heart of the wine business. The old Eshcol facility survived by making sacramental wines, but by 1940 was dormant. When the Trefethen family purchased the property in 1968, the winery had fallen into serious disrepair. John and Janet committed themselves to restoring the building to its former glory. They carefully researched the winery’s past and worked for years to restore it. Aside from replacing the dirt floor on the first level with concrete, they made no significant structural changes. The Trefethens’ restoration efforts were recognized in 1988 by the Department of the Interior, which placed the winery on the National Register of Historic Places as the only 19th-century, wooden, gravity-flow winery surviving in Napa County. Today, Trefethen boasts a state-of-the-art fermentation facility and 13,000 square foot barrel cellar, but the McIntyre Building remains integral to the winery’s operations. The first floor is still used to age wine and also houses the winery’s Estate Tasting Room and Wine Library. The second floor, which displays the Eshcol winery’s original de-stemmer/crusher, is a barrel-aging cellar for the winery’s Bordeaux variety red wines. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/04/2009

Aged for 2 years in barrique, 75% new, followed by 2 years in bottle Slightly jammy on the nose, but exhibiting a chalky dryness as well with notes of roast meat and dried medicinal roots. With air this gains some focus with a touch of celery and hints of rosewood and quinine. The fruit remains pretty jammy and black with refreshing notes of mint and minerals offering some relief from the darkness. In the mouth this is rich and chewy with solid acids and a fairly tannic profile. It’s got plenty of fruit to buffer the tannins and gains a bit of a peppery tone from the wood that works well with the wine’s innate sweetness. The finish is moderately long with notes of burnished cherry and bitter melon rind that are highlighted by a touch of raspy mouthgrab. This is definitely a frontloaded wine and may reveal better length in time but is not among the finest I Sodis. 89pts


Member Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

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Snooth User: Carlo182
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/01/2013

Dark fruit on the nose, medium body, fantastically balanced wood and slightly dry earthy finish. Love it.


Snooth User: cgplayer9
8492221,032
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/02/2012

On the nose, black current, bing cherry, and hints of forest floor and just the slightest tinge of menthol. On the palate, medium-full bodied mix of dark fruits, white pepper, tar, cigar box, leather and hint of vanilla. Nice long, smokey finish, slightly peppery. Tannins still a bit firm - look forward to trying this with a few more years behind it.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/09/2010

Sweet and fruity, rich nose. Nice berry (plums and cherry) flavors with some fig notes. Good tannins on the finish with a coffee and menthol lingering note.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/09/2010

Black cherry, black plum, fig and other black fruits. Heavy and densely concentrated palate with grippy tannins and a slightly peppery finish. Laced throughout with chocolate. It should continue to improve even more with some age. - Tasted at winery 4/22/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/09/2010

Sweet nose of coffee and tobacco under a fruit forward wave of aroma. Firm tannins and flavors of black fruit and ripe plum. Great fruit on this cab and it's very approachable now. - Tasted at winery 4/22/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: mcattanach
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/13/2011

recently opened and enjoyed, earlier than I might have, noticing the cork had gone bad and ejected some wine. The wine still had good punch through solid tannin, a hint of oak and some plum and apple notes. Decanted and the second glass was fully opened. great buy, would pick-up again!


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External Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/27/2012

Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight the first impression of this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/22/2014

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with lovely depth and roundness. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine's sense of balance and harmony. Plums, chocolate, cassis and French oak are all layered into the creamy, generous finish. This attractive Cabernet has considerable early appeal, but with a little more attention it could make the move up to being truly distinctive and exciting. The 2009 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/31/2012

Trefethen Cabernet sourced from Oak Knoll in Napa Valley has all the hallmark character that we expect from valley floor Cabernet. Dark berry fruit character with spice notes and lush palate feel.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/11/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with lovely depth and roundness. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine's sense of balance and harmony. Plums, chocolate, cassis and French oak are all layered into the creamy, generous finish. This attractive Cabernet has considerable early appeal, but with a little more attention it could make the move up to being truly distinctive and exciting. The 2009 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/26/2011

Lush aromas fill your glass with black currant, boysenberries, and bing cherries. On the palate, these fruit flavors lengthen into a spicy finish with the help of balanced tannin as a backbone.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2006 04/12/2011

Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in gravelly soils that warm quickly in the spring. This warmer si


External Review
Vintage: 2006 10/24/2011

Aromas of coffee and black cherry with hints of bay leaf carry through onto the palate lengthening the flavor profile. firm tannins build alongside flavors of ripe plum fruit and walnut in this classic Napa Cabernet. - Winery ** Only 4 in Stock **


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Vibrant and deep ruby in color. The nose offers enticing aromas of blackberries, black cherries and currants; while the oak adds clove, cedar and toffee notes. The palate is greeted by fine tannins and finishes round and silky. Balanced and drinkable now, but also an excellent addition to the collector's cellar. Beef is the obvious choice to highlight this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon. Enhance recipes with a touch of oregano, thyme or black pepper. Side dishes or sauces featuring mushrooms will make the wine shine.

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