This was one growing season that everyone in Napa will not soon forget. Bud break started early, and growth was rapid due to late spring rains. Then there were three warm spells pushing towards an early finish that led up to cool fall. Then on October 8th, Napa and Sonoma were ravaged by wildfires. Napa had 90% of the harvest off the vines, and here at Truchard we were already done when the devastation hit. We are very fortunate to have harvested without concern of smoke taint, and even more lucky fires only a stone’s throw away did not reach our estate.
Our Syrah is a family favorite for its depth and complexity. We blend 2 different blocks that vary in the soil, elevation, exposure, clonal selection and age of vines from our estate. This Syrah is dark purple with a ruby edge. Bright notes of fresh blackberries, baked cherry, espresso, toasted spice and black pepper jump from the glass. Full-bodied on the palate; this wine is amazingly light on its feet for its opulence.