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

Winery: Truchard Vineyards
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir, Rosé & Chardonnay