Vintage: Truchard had a cool stretch in the final 1/3 of the growing season which is apparent in our Cabernet Franc. Cooler weather, especially in the last stretch of a vintage, keeps sugar development down as tannins, flavor and color evolve. This is one of the benefits of growing in Carneros annually and when the climate is aided by weather conditions like vintage 2016, it provides added aromatics, color and complexity. These conditions also gave our team a perfect window to pick each small lot with precision.
Vineyard: The combination of terrain, geology and micro-climates in the Truchard Estate Vineyards makes us lucky to grow several grape varietals, including Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is planted in several different sites on steep southwest facing hillsides. The vines range from 20 to 34 years old and produce deep colored grapes dominated by lush flavores of plum, berry and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon which grows on adjacent blocks is blended in to provide firmness, complexity and added age ability.
Winemaking: All of our fruit was gently destemmed and crushed, then inoculated with Pastuer Red yeast. Each fermentation was pumped-over twice daily with temperature peaking at 88 F. The lots were pressed after 14 days of maceration. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (40% new). Racking occured every 4 months until bottling in August 2018. The final blend is 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvginon. This wine is great now but will be a jewel to age in your cellar over the next 12 -15 years.
Harvest: October 2 - 8, 2016. 24.5 Brix. 3.45 pH 6.7 g/l TA
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Cases produced: 389 cases
Our Cab Franc has become a favorite among sommeliers and collectors for its elegance and complexity. We can blend up to 7 different blocks that vary in the soil, elevation, exposure, clonal selection, and age of vines from our estate. This Cab Franc has a dark maroon core that’s almost purple with a ruby edge. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, this wine has great focus and structure with bright acidity and well seamless tannins. The pronounced aromas of black currant and blackberries are counterbalanced by tart cranberry and rhubarb, laced with black tea, pencil lead, and violets. The palate matches the nose with amazing mouthfeel provided by densely packed tannins, fruit, and acidity performing in harmony.