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Eugene Trefethen and his wife Catherine purchased 600 acres in 1968 to create Trefethen Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 20 wineries in the Napa Valley which put the Trefethens in a small group of wine families dedicated to a vision of crafting world class wines from Napa Valley. Their first wine was released in 1973 and at the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics, their 1976 Chardonnay won “Best Chardonnay in the World”.
Rich fruit, crafted in an elegant, age-worthy manner are the hallmarks of the Trefethen style. The third generation is now active with Loren and Hailey poised to put their generation’s stamp on the Trefethen motto of ‘One Family, One Estate, One Passion.’
HaLo is the Trefethen flagship wine and is named after Hailey and Loren. Made only in exceptional years, production is tiny. 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot from the finest lots of Trefethen’s “Hillside” vineyard.
Extremely dark in appearance, the complex nose has aromas of blackberries and bay leaves with hints of tobacco and mint in the background. There is also the scent of smoke and a touch of forest floor. The palate is rich and juicy with flavours of plums, chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut. Layers of flavours give way one to the next with cloves, chocolate, plum, raspberry and gamey spice. The wine is wonderfully textured with great structure.
The bottle is made of extremely heavy glass, and the label a real work of art, based on an original piece crafted out of hand painted wine foil by French artist Gérard Puvis.