Wine Whore Review:
Taste Score = 9.5/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 9.5/10 Points
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All living things are a product of two factors: nature and nurture. Wine is no different. The nature of the soil and landscape create the foundation while the winemaking process nurtures the gapes into the final living product. Both factors combine to form one. The result is an experience that reminds us of the journey.

One vineyard features a canvas requiring modest nurturing or manipulation to be magnificent. The brilliant nature of this span of 383 contiguous acres creates wines natively intelligent. On 270 acres of this span which are planted grapes are sold to more than 20 premiere Napa Valley wineries. With 10 different grape varieties calling it their home, this is one of the most diverse estate vineyards in California.

What gives this terrain such an advantage?

A series of hills and valleys containing a variety of soils: clay, shale, sandstone, volcanic rock and ash. The various combinations of terrain, geology, and marine-moderated temperatures provide unique winegrowing conditions. Because of the excellence and demand of this vineyard, only 20% of the grapes from this landscape are reserved for their wine. It is in this way that Truchard Vineyards creates �wines with a sense of place�.

Vintage Info:
�After record winter rains, a dry spring allowed for good berry set and an
average crop. Normal summer conditions slowly brought the fruit to
maturity. The 2006 vintage produced fruity wines with bright aromas,
intense flavors, and great structure.� -Truchard

Recommended Food Pairing:
To fully enjoy all of the character it contained, I tasted this wine entirely by itself. This Merlot is packed with fruit and just the right amount of gripping tannin for structure making it friendly to a range of pork, and beef dishes. Almost �Cabernet-like� in personality, it is prepared to handle even the richest of meaty dishes.

Producer: Truchard
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Carneros Napa Valley
Residual Sugar: 6.2 g/l TA
pH: 3.55
Production: 992 cases
Alcohol %: 14.2
Aging: 20 months in French oak barrels (35% new)

Wine Whore Score:

Excited to taste the newly released (February 1, 2009) Merlot from Truchard, I found this wine to be quite profound in nature. Fruity with balance and a long full finish makes it rather pleasurable to drink. Overall I was delighted to find the complex yet beautiful blend of body and tannin that I come to look for in a Cabernet confined within this Merlot.

This deep black cherry Merlot by Truchard is complex, sweet, plush, and well balanced giving it a score of 9.5 for taste and enjoyability. With a total of 34 out of 40 points and an average score of 8.5 out of 10 points you are sure to enjoy the fruity flavors wrapped in oak behind the label of this acclaimed vineyard. Spend some time with this wine and you will understand the quality of its nature and why it consistently garners much critical appreciation.

Want to see more pictures, check out the WWW Photo winner featuring this winery!

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Shelly said...

I don't believe I've ever heard of it. I'll be on the lookout though.

Vinogirl said...

The Truchards are great, passionate people. Real advocates for this part of the wine growing world.
Enjoyable read, thank you.

syr1811 said...

Sounds interesting enough, although I must admit to being usually underwhelmed by Cali Merlot. Not a "Sideways" effect, but many have a certain dilution linked to cropping the vines on the high side & an inherently less intense varietal character than say Cab S. This sounds like it's worth giving a try, and Carneros is certainly a good spot for Merlot. Oh . . . the original reason for my comment was just to point out it looks like you've got TA #'s in the RS line - I'm assuming it's dry from your notes.

BP said...

visited in November. great folks. doctor turned winemaker. the uniqueness of their wines is that its "barely Carneros" from a geographical standpoint.

they push (when there) and we loved this wine (and we loved Sideways and arent *$^*&^$ merlot drinkers

kitschngodess said...

I tasted a Truchard Merlot many moons ago while at a family reunion wine tasting. I don't remember the vintage, but I do remember that it was a stellar bottle of wine. Thanks for rekindled memory---good to know some things never change...

Anonymous said...

How do you find out the prices of the wines?

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