Vintage: The 2016 vintage was another early harvest, similar to 2015. A mild winter with average rainfall provided some drought relief; but bud-break still came 2-3 weeks earlier than normal. Warm spring weather allowed for good berry set and a slightly below average crop. Moderate summer temperatures easily brought the fruit to full maturity. The wines of 2016 have intense aromas and flavors; with nice structure and balance.
Vineyard: The Truchard Estate Vineyard is located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. It is 400 acres of hills and valleys which contain 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. In 2009, 2 acres of Clone 169 Cabernet Sauvignon were planted above the Truchard Vineyards wine cave. These vines grow in light clay soils and produce a distinct wine that has unique floral aromas and lush flavors of plum, berry, and spice.
Winemaking: All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed, then inoculated with Pasteur Red yeast. The fermentation was pumped-over twice daily, with the temperature peaking at 88º F. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (45% new). Rackings occurred every 4 months until bottling in August of 2018. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is drinkable now, but will continue to develop over the next 10-12 years.
Harvest: October 15 24.6 3.51 6.6 g/l TA Alcohol Content: 14.2%
Release Date: Sept 1st, 2019
Cases Produced: 135 cases