Vintage: The 2015 vintage was one of the earliest harvests on record! A very dry winter forced early bud break. Cool Spring conditions during flowering led to lower yeilds. Moderate Summer temperatures quickly brought the small crop to full maturity. The wines of 2015 are elegant, with intense aromas and flavors.
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 conditions well suited for wine-growing. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in various sites - on steep, southwest- facing hillsides. The vines range from 18 to 40 years old, and produce wines that are deep in color, dominated by lush flavors of plum, berry, and spice.
Winemaking: Cabernet Sauvignon is the only wine produced by Truchard Vineyards with a “reserve” designation. It is a very limited bottling that is a tribute to the quality of this unique vineyard. All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed, then inoculated with Pasteur Red yeast. Each fermentation was pumped-over twice daily, with the temperature peaking at 88º F. The lots were pressed after 28 days of maceration. The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak (75% new). Racking occurred every 4 months until bottling in August of 2017. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and it is drinkable upon release, but will gracefully age for the next 15 – 20 years.
Harvest: October 9 - 17. 24.5 Brix. 3.52 pH. 6.6 g/l TA.
Release: November 1st, 2018
Cases Produced: 130 cases