VOLUME 10, ISSUE 13
June 27, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Exploring the Heritage Vineyards of Sonoma County: A Trip Well Taken Cohn Vineyard Bacigalupi Paris Tasting Block Rochioli Vineyards & Winery West Block Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Dehlinger Winery Old Vines Pellegrini Wine Co. Olivet Lane Vineyard Hanzell Vineyards The Ambassador’s 1953 Vineyard Patz & Hall Sonoma House Visit & Tasting with James Hall Hyde Vineyard Saturday Night Dinner Bacchanal Pinot Briefs A Reader’s Letter Brightens My Day
Today, there are many physicians who have become winery owners, winemakers and winegrowers, but Dr. Tony Truchard was one of the first in California. He bought his first 20 acres on the Napa side of the Carneros region in 1973 when he was still practicing internal medicine in Reno. He continued to acquire parcels until he now farms 270 acres of mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Carneros district. Francis Mahoney, of nearby Carneros Creek Winery, helped with the initial plantings. A winery was built in 1989 and caves were added later.
All Truchard wines are Carneros appellation from estate vineyards and include Rousanne, Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winemaker since 1998 has been University of California at Davis graduate Sal De Ianni.
Tours and tastings are available by appointment Monday through Saturday (707-253-7153). The address is 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa.
Articles About Truchard Vineyards
2014 California Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans (10.2 12/22/2014)
California Pinot Noir Doctors (9.25 6/2/2013)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir (9.41 5/15/2014)
Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir, Rosé & Chardonnay (10.8 4/20/2015)
Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines (10.3 1/22/2015)
2013 Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay
14.1% alc., 4,955 cases, pH 3.34, TA 0.66, $30. Harvest Brix 24.0º. Vines range from 17 to 39-years-old and benefit from the various marine soils, gently slopped terrain and cooler temperatures. Whole cluster pressed, 100% barrel fermented sur lie with battonage in 100% French oak, 33% of which was new for 10 months. 30% malolactic fermentation. · Very light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Pleasant aromas of lemon curd, pear, apple pan dowdy and apple blossom. Light and refined on the palate and very refreshing, with lemon, pear, apple and nutty toffee flavors backed by bright acidity. The wine picks up flavor intensity and interest over time in the glass, offering a finishing kick of lemon-driven acidity. I continue to be very impressed by the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this iconic Carneros winery. Score: 92. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.60, 7,159 cases, $35. Released March 1, 2015. Seven clones grown on the Truchard Estate including two “Martini” clones, Pommard, Swan, and Dijon 114, 115, 667 and 777. The vines range in age from 17 to 39 years in age. 100% de-stemmed, crushed into open top fermenters with about 20% whole berries. Inoculated with Assmannhausen yeast after a cold soak of up to 5 days. Punch downs were carried out three times a day during 12 days of maceration. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of cherry pie glaze and sous-bois lead to a light to mid weight core of flavorful black cherry and black raspberry fruits, underscored with notes of earth and mushroom. Very charming, with well-proportioned soft tannins, and a very long, juicy, cherry-fueled finish that really satisfies. Forward and easy to like now. Score: 89. Reviewed April 20, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.62, 4,088 cases, $35. Seven clones (two Martini clones, Pommard, Swan, 115, 667 and 777) with vine age ranging from 16 to 38 years. 100% de-stemmed with about 20% whole berries in the open top fermenters. Cold soak 5 days and inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. Aged 10 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic nose with scents of black cherry, strawberry, baking spice, rose hips tea and oak vanillin. Middleweight ripe fruit flavors featuring black cherry, raspberry, cola and a hint of sassafras. There is a slight underlying earthiness and complimentary oak spice. The finish is particularly appealing with a juicy cherry theme and commendable length. Nothing out of place, and highly approachable now. Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $35. Recent release with revamped, modernized label. Seven clonal selections in the blend. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose unfolds slowly in the glass revealing compelling aromas of darker berries, mushrooms and clove-scented oak. Dark red and black fruits are featured with a pleasing earthiness and complimentary oak. Nicely balanced and easy to drink, with a silky mouth feel and commendable finishing intensity. Should benefit from another 6 to 12 months in bottle. Very good. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »
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