Trefethen Family Vineyards

2009 Red Wine
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 51
Vintage: 2009

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Red Wine
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced


Ripe, showy, yummy, and one-of-a-kind, this wine showcases Malbec and Petit Verdot from our Hillspring Vineyard. Nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas, Hillspring produces our most intensely flavored fruit and is home to our flagship wine, HaLo. This stellar blend highlights the promise rooted in our rocky hillside plantings of these two varieties that are coming into their own.

Aging Process

100% new, tight-grain French oak from Tonnellerie Bernard cooperage. The staves were chosen specifically by grain, not by forest. The barrels are medium plus toast with toasted heads.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Zeke Neeley

Winemaker, Trefethen Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Zeke Neeley

While pursuing his Masters at Davis, Zeke did an internship in Napa Valley at Trefethen Family Vineyards. That experience made such an impression on him that after stints at wineries in Santa Cruz and Sonoma, Zeke jumped at the chance to work with the Trefethen team once more.

Country born: United States

Education: Zeke earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis. He then worked several years in the biotech industry in South San Francisco, focusing on cancer research. A love of wine led him back to school for his Masters in Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 9 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Zeke sees a winemaker as part chef, scientist, craftsman, and part guidance counselor. The natural end-product of a grape fermentation is not wine but vinegar. Wine needs to be guided to maturity and to do so requires a detailed understanding of microbiology and chemistry, a discerning palate, and a bit of creativity. He feels that his main goal is to create wines that showcase the excellent and unique fruit we harvest from the vineyards at Trefethen each year.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: ? We were inspired to take the traditional, Cabernet-dominated Bordeaux blend, and flip it on its head. Malbec and Petit Verdot from our best, most expressive vineyard make up the core of this wine.

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