Carneros, Napa Valley, California
Three acres of Roussanne were planted on the southern edge of Truchard Vineyards in 1998. Growing in soils composed of volcanic rock and ash, the vines benefit from the gently sloped terrain and cooler Carneros temperatures.
2018 Vintage Notes: The 2018 vintage will be remembered as nearly perfect. A cold winter with average rainfall made for a late bud-break. Ideal spring weather allowed for a heavy set. Mild conditions throughout summer and fall allowed the large crop to slowly ripen and develop maximum flavor. The wines of 2018 are powerful but elegant; with firm acidity and beautiful balance. This could be the vintage of the decade!
All the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels (20% new). After fermentation, the wine remained in barrel on the lees (sur lie) for 6 months. A partial malolatic fermentation (30% complete) allows the wine to retain acidity, while regular stirring of the less (battonage) gives addeded complexity and richness.