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.
2019 Vintage Notes: 2019 is very similar to the near-perfect 2018 vintage. A cold winter with average rainfall made for a late bud-break. Ideal spring weather allowed for nice berry set and above average yields. Mild conditions throughout summer and fall allowed the fruit to slowly ripen and develop maximum flavor. The wines of 2019 are bold and intense, with nice acidity.
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 added complexity and richness.