2021 Chardonnay

Truchard - Chardonnay - Label ImageTRUCHARD VINEYARDS 2021 Chardonnay

Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Chardonnay is located throughout the southern part of the Truchard Estate Vineyard. The vines range from 25 – 47 years old and benefit from the various marine soils, gently sloped terrain, and cooler temperatures – conditions that make the Carneros region ideal for growing Chardonnay. They produce aromatic wines with tropical fruit characteristics and a unique spicy element.

Vintage Notes:  After a second record-dry winter in a row bud break came early.  In spring, the drought-stricken vines struggled to grow and set a very light crop consisting of small clusters and berries.  Yields were down nearly 50 percent! Moderate conditions throughout summer allowed this fruit to easily ripen.  As expected, the wines of 2021 are intense, austere, and concentrated.

All of the fruit was whole cluster pressed.  This technique produces a full-bodied wine with delicate structure. Our Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in French oak (33% new) using various yeast strains. After fermentation the wine remains in barrel on the lees (sur lie) for 10 months. A partial malolactic fermentation (30% complete) allows the wine to retain its natural acidity, while regular stirring of the lees (battonage) gives added complexity and richness.

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April 16, 2015