Truchard’s estate vineyard is located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. It covers a 400 acre expanse of hills and valleys containing a variety of soils: clay, shale, sandstone, limestone, volcanic ash, and rock. The combination of terrain, geology, and marine-moderated temperatures provides ideal conditions for wine-growing. This is mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in several sites on steep south-west facing hillsides. The vines, 18 to 40 years old, produce wines that are deep in colour, dominated by lush flavours of plum, berry, and spice.
If you enjoyed Truchard’s 2013 Cabernet, we expect you will be pleased with this new offering. The 2014 vintage was nearly identical to the outstanding 2013 harvest! A dry winter, followed by a warm, dry spring, resulted in excellent berry set and an above-average crop. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season brought the fruit to full maturity.
All of the fruit was harvested by vineyard block, then gently destemmed and crushed. Fruit macerated for 14 to 30 days, depending on lot. The wine aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. The final blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec.
The wines of 2014 are elegant, with Truchard’s characteristically intense aromas and flavours. The nose is lush with ripe cherry, plum, cassis, and a touch of cedar and vanilla. The palate is layered with flavours of raspberry, red currants, and black cherry jam. Ripe tannins focus the palate and provide a lengthy finish of spice and red fruit.
The 2014 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2013 received the following:
“Though firm and concentrated, this offers a measure of elegance and finesse. At points creamy in flavour and texture, this offers flavours of ripe plum, wild berry, cherry and cedary oak. Ends clean and easy. Drink now through 2028.”
90 points, Wine Spectator, “10 Cabernet Sauvignons Pit Napa vs. Sonoma”, 2016