TRUCHARD VINEYARDS 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Carneros, Napa Valley, California
The Truchard Estate Vineyard, located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley, spans 400 sprawling acres filled with hills and valleys, which contain a variety of soils: clay, shale, sandstone, limestone, volcanic ash and rock. The combination of terrain, geology, and marine-moderated temperatures, provides ideal conditions for wine-growing. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in several different sites – on steep, southwestern facing hillsides. The vines range from 24 – 46 years old, and produce wines that are deep in color, 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.
Vintage Notes: Despite a rollercoaster of weather conditions, 2020 was an exceptionally rewarding year for our vineyards. Normal bud break gave way to a cold dry winter and unsettled spring. Stunning summer sun allowed for the below average yields to become full-bodied and intensely flavorful wines.
All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed, then inoculated with Pasteur Red yeast. Fermentations were pumped-over twice daily, with the temperature peaking at 88º F. Maceration time varied from 14 to 30 days depending on vineyard block. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (45% new). The final blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. This wine is drinkable now, but reward careful cellaring for the next 15 – 20 years.
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