Decanter World Wide Wine Awards- Best in Show
For the second year running, it’s an Oak Knoll Cabernet which has carried the Best In Show torch for the Napa, underlining the fact that this spot in the Valley seems to be ideal for mingling Napa’s diagnostic generosity and depth with an expressive finesse and an approachability which both appeals to our judges and chimes with the wine world’s zeitgeist. The wine is still dark black-purple, and the aromatic currant and berry fruits are blue, tender and enticing, with skilled and seamless oak integration. On the palate, the wine has weight and depth -- but what you really notice in this 2018 vintage is its purity and inner energy; the weight and depth follow on after, but don’t overwhelm from the start. The seamless integration of acidity and brisk tannin, too, is another mouthwatering hallmark -- of skilled winemaking, or the place? Who’s to say?
91pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of this cooler AVA in the Napa Valley. This wine combines aromas and flavors of dried herbs, earth, and black fruit. Enjoy it with a lightly spiced meat stew. (Tasted: April 21, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
90pts Connoisseurs' Guide
10% Petit Verdot; 3% Merlot; 2% Malbec; 1% Cabernet Franc. Deep and very well-defined curranty fruit is the centerpiece here and is joined by both lovely accents of mildly creamy oak and the lightly loamy traits emblematic of Cabernet Sauvignons from the Napa Valley floor. Fleshy, moderately full and firmed by the pushy presence of youthful tannins, the wine toughens a touch in the latter going, though no more than is expected of a good Cabernet of its age, and, if a half-decade of patience will result in a more supple wine, this one has the right pieces in the right places to age beautifully and gain in polish and complexity for twice as long.
A wine of depth and dignity, this elegant expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reflects everything Trefethen has learned farming their estate vineyards in the cool climate of Oak Knoll District since 196. Achieving a density of dark fruit on the palate, the wine maintains a bright a lively peppery spiciness, resulting in a wine of impeccable balance that evolves beautifully in both the glass and the cellar.