VOLUME 10, ISSUE 5
February 28, 2015
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
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 »
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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