All estate, grown on heavy clay, hillside vineyards on the Truchard’s Carneros property (northern, warmer Carneros – in its “banana belt.”) 25% Cabernet Franc. Smells great: violets, ripe plums, raspberries, five spice, toasty barrel and smidge of blood orange. Real pretty. The taste is bright and refreshing and at the same time intense and expressive. Fine tannins, modest barrel influence (around 25% new French aged) and medium acidity. This is a “food wine” in the best use of the term.
The Truchard Family has over 200 acres of vineyards planted on their 400 acre property on the edge of Napa in Northern Carneros (the warmest part of the AVA). They sell over half their grapes each year and keep enough to make around 20,000 cases, spread out over 11 wines. Their wines are consistently tasty with classic Carneros acidity and restraint. Tasting through their wines, I notice how often I write “pretty” in my descriptions.