Carneros, Napa Valley, California
Seven separate clonal selections of Pinot Noir grow on the Truchard Estate Vineyard. Two “Martini” clones, the “Pommard” clone, the “Swan” clone and several new selections from France – Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777. Each selection provides a unique element of aromatic fruit, spice, and texture to the blend. The vines range from 24 – 45 years in age. They are planted in several select sites that take full advantage of the thin soils, rolling hills, and cooler temperatures, factors which combine to make the Carneros region ideal for producing Pinot Noir.
2020 Vintage Notes: In 2020, bud break was normal, but a cold, dry winter combined with unsettled spring weather affected berry set and led to below average yields. Moderate to warm conditions throughout summer allowed the light crop to easily ripen. The wines of 2020 are big, bold, and full of flavor.
All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters with approximately 20% whole berries. Each lot was inoculated with Assmannhausen yeast, after “cold soaking” for up to 5 days. Fermentations were punched down three times daily with the temperature peaking at 92º F. After 7 – 12 days of maceration, the lots were pressed, settled in tanks for 24 hours, and then put into barrel. This wine was aged for 10 months in French oak (35% new), and bottled in August of 2021. It is ready for immediate drinking, but will gracefully age for the next 12 – 15 years.