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.
If we had a nickel for every time someone said, “I don’t normally like Zin, but I like Truchard’s!” Like our Syrah, we produce a more balanced version than many wine lovers have been exposed to. The color is an intense purple with ruby edges. Full to medium-bodied, this Zin has structure and tons of aromatic character. Aromas of fresh red raspberry, black cherries, and baked berry pie with savory notes of tomato leaf and spices all fused with great acidy and soft tannins. A wine that has broad appeal yet is complex enough to keep you wanting another sip.