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.
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 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 2022. It is ready for immediate drinking, but will gracefully age for the next 10 – 12 years.