Vintage: After 4 dry years, the 2017 harvest can be considered almost "normal". Record winter rains finally provided some real drought relief, but bud break still came about 1 week earlier than usual. Warm spring weather allowed for good berry set and a slightly below yeilding crop average. Hot summer and autumn temperatures quickly brought the fruit to full maturity. Several wild fires near the end of the harvest made this a memorable vintage. The wine of 2017 are intense, but elegant, with nice acidity and balance.
Vineyard: 3 acres of Roussanne were planted on the southern edge of Truchard Vineyards in 1998. Growing in soils composed of volcanic rock and ash, the vines benefit from the gently sloped terrain and cooler Carneros temperatures. Roussanne is a challanging grape in both the vineyard and winery. However, when done correctly it can produce an aromatic and delicate wine with structure and finesse to age.
Winemaking: All the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels (20% new). After fermentationthe wine remained in barrell on the lees (sur lie) for 6 months. A partial malolatic fermentation (30% complete) allows the wine to retain acidity, while regular stirring of the less (battonage) gives addeded complexity and richness.
Harvest: October 20 -26, 2017. 24.4 Brix. 3.35 pH 72.g/l TA. Alcohol: 14.1%
Release Date: July 1, 2018