Trefethen Family Vineyards

Celebrating 50 Years!
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 68
Vintage

2016

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Celebrating 50 Years!

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Celebrating 50 years since our start in 1968, we remain committed to the craft of estate grown wines
  • This commemorative “50th” lot is made from the fruit of 50 vines in the family’s Hillspring Vineyard
  • This vineyard is located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, within the Oak Knoll District nested appellation
  • Aged in new French oak, featuring 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot and 1% Malbec

Founded in 1968, Trefethen Family Vineyards is one of Napa Valley's pioneering wineries. Five decades later, the Trefethen family remains dedicated to the craft of 100 percent estate grown wines. Their two vineyards in the Oak Knoll District benefit from a cooling marine influence which lends an uncommon brightness to the resulting wines. To commemorate their 50th anniversary, they created this special lot from the fruit of 50 vines in their Hillspring vineyard. The exquisite blend, aging in new French oak by Marchive, features 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot and 1% each of Merlot and Malbec.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Bryan Kays

Winemaker, Trefethen Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Bryan Kays

Bryan obtained an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Cal Poly, SLO. Like any good English major, Bryan found refuge in wine, and quickly developed a healthy interest in the subject.

Bryan began his wine career as a field worker/cellar rat in the Sierra Foothills. After a couple of vintages and thousands of questions to the winemaker, Bryan returned to UC Davis to earn a degree in Viticulture and Enology.

Bryan joined Trefethen in 2006 as a Viticulture intern. Fascinated with estate grown wines and the opportunity to work with some of the valley's long-term residents, Bryan worked his way into the cellar then to Associate Winemaker. In 2015, he was promoted to Winemaker.

Bryan's goal is to create wines that are balanced and true to type. The winemake's two most critical decisions for any given wine are harvest date and press date. When those two decisions are perfectly timed, the winemaker's job is then to simply let each wine develop its own flavors and nuances, and keep his/her hands out of it. Winemaking is as much about action as it is about restraint.

Country born: United States

Education: BA in English Literature from Cal Poly, SLO
BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Bryan's goal is to create wines that are balanced and true to type. The winemaker's two most critical decisions for any given wine are harvest date and press date. When those two decisions are perfectly timed, the winemaker's job is then to simply let each wine develop its own flavors and nuances, and keep his/her hands out of it. Winemaking is as much about action as it is about restraint.

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