Carneros, Napa Valley, California
The Truchard Estate Vineyard is located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. It is 400 acres of rolling hills and valleys that contain a variety of soils: clay, shale, sandstone, limestone, volcanic ash and rock. The combination of terrain, geology and marine-moderated temperatures provide ideal growing conditions for wine-grapes. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in several different sites on steep, southwestern facing hillsides. The vines range from 21 – 43 years and produce wines that are deep in color and dominated by lush flavors of plum, berry and spice. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec are blended in to provide additional softness, structure and complexity.
2017 Vintage Notes: After 4 dry years, the 2017 harvest can be considered almost “normal”. Record winter rains finally provided some real drought relief; but bud-break still came about 1 week earlier than usual. Warm spring weather allowed for good berry set and a slightly below average crop. Hot summer and autumn temperatures quickly brought the fruit to maturity. Severe wild fires near the end of harvest made this a memorable vintage. The wines of 2017 are intense, but elegant; with nice acidity and balance.
All the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed. Fermentations were pumped-over twice daily with the temperature peaking at 88 F. Maceration time varied from 14 to 30 days depending on vineyard block. The wine was then aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (45% new). Rackings occurred every 4 months until bottling August 2019. The final blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. This wine can age 10 to 15 years with proper cellaring, but is drinkable now.
90 points – Wine Enthusiast