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.
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 wines of 2015 are elegant, with Truchard’s characteristically elegant aromas of raspberry, plum, and cassis; with a touch of cedar and vanilla. The mouth is layered with rich flavours of ripe cherries, red currants, and berry jam. Ripe tannins focus the palate and provide a lengthy finish of spice and red fruit.
The 2015 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2014 received the following:
“The 2014 Truchard Cabernet displays an intense nose of ripe cherry, plum, and cassis with 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 persistent finish of spice and red fruit. Enjoy over the next 4-5 years.”
94 points + “Outstanding”, California Wine Advisors, 2018
“This stunning red is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot. It’s medium red in colour with a slight orange cast. Aromas of dry earth, oak and mushrooms dominate the nose with traces of dry leaves and black peppercorns lurking in the background. It hits the tongue and palate with medium body and a good amount of well-integrated tannins. There’s a complex variety of flavours including plenty of red fruit and spice that linger nicely in the finish. You can put this one away for another 10 years or enjoy it today with medium-rare, grilled pepper steak.”
93 points, winecurrent.com, May 6, 2018
“A dense and rich red with blackcurrant and raspberry character. Full body, intense and flavorful. Compacted and focused. Needs two or three years to soften but impressive already. Drink in 2020.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2017
“Juicy blackberry and cassis accent a balanced elegant wine that’s bright in acidity and ample in structure. Nuanced in ripeness, it’s built for the table and will shine alongside a versatile array of foods.”
90 points, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2017