Wine Whore Review:
Truchard Vineyards Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay 2007

Taste Score = 8.5/10 Points
Overall Score = 8/10 Points (Additional stats below)

After last week�s �Battle of the Reds� it only seemed fair to give the opposing side a chance to prove itself in the challenge. After another great Wine Whore turnout for the vote, a winner was unanimously chosen for me to evaluate.

Made by the same winery selected as the champion of the first Twitter Tasting, the winner of the third week of this series is: Truchard Vineyards Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay 2007.

If you were with me for the virtual tasting via Twitter and Facebook you already have a good idea of how well this Napa Valley performed. If you missed it, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and then continue browsing below for my Truchard Twitter Tasting Part III (Triple T Part III) review.

Thank you all for enjoying a virtual glass of wine with me� I look forward to seeing you again next week!

Vintage Info:
"2007 was a dry, cool vintage that produced outstanding wines. A dry winter and spring allowed for a good set of exceptionally small berries. Cooler temperatures throughout the growing season slowly brought the lighter crop to full maturity. The wines of 2007 have intense fruit aromas and flavors, complexity, and great acidity." -Truchard

Recommended Food Pairing:
Just because you don't have time to prepare a gourmet meal does not mean that you can't enjoy a great bottle of wine. I put this theory to the test as I enjoyed this Chardonnay with an Italian BMT sandwich from the famous dinning establishment better known as Subway.

Jared never ate THIS well! :)

The spicy cold cuts combined with the creamy dressing lining of this sandwich matched surprisingly well with this tart yet buttery wine. Despite the fact that this meal cost less than the bottle, I enjoyed relaxing with a low maintenance but filling meal to go with my full glass of vino.

My advice- Don't let your food choices stop you from enjoying your wine... instead let your wine make your food choices even more enjoyable.

Producer: Truchard Vineyards
Vintage: 2007
Varietal: Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros Napa Valley, California
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: 6.6 g/l
pH: 3.33
Production: 2930 cases
Alcohol %: 14.1
Aging: 100% barrel fermented in French oak (33% new) for 10 months
Cost: $30/bottle

Wine Whore Score:

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This Chardonnay's landscape and intricate wine making techniques by which it is crafted, directly contribute to its quality and character.

Truchard sources the grapes for this Chardonnay from the southern part of their Estate Vineyard. This part of the Estate consists of relatively old vines (11 - 33 years old) which are rooted in marine soils aided by the favorable terrain and climate of the Carneros region.

The grapes from these vines are then expertly handled to craft the wine's personality. First, Truchard's Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in French oak. Following fermentation in the barrel on the lees (sur lie) partial malolactic fermentation is performed to lower its acidity. Truchard boasts that this partial malolactic fermentation combined with regular stirring (battonage) "allows the wine to retain its natural acidity, while giving added complexity and richness."

How does nature and nurture of Truchard's Chardonnay translate into my tasting experience?

To the eye: Pale golden luminosity like the edges of a sunset.

To the nose: Tastes like a grassy salad dressed with a mix of citrus, lemon and butter.

On the tongue: Tart woody oak blanketed in a glaze of sweetness!

Truchard has created an enjoyable and tasty interpretation in this vintage of the popular varietal. Thoroughbred grapes combined with skilled winemaking techniques boast a score of 8.5 for taste, a total score of 32 out of 40 points, and an admirable average score of 8 out of 10 points.

With just one sip, you can actually taste how a solid foundation of farming, proper aging, and meticulous fermentation are utilized by Truchard to craft a Chardonnay bursting with character� a delicious symphony to the senses!


Like this wine? Be sure to check out other Truchard wines reviewed by The Wine Whore!

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Kort said...

Sounds like you had Subway, your way! If I see one of these, I'll be sure to pick them up, thanks for a great review!

jFLASHj said...

I am not a huge fan of Chardonnay. I tend to lean towards Sauv Blanc, Viognier to start a meal. Nice light fish course or salad first.

Teresa Rhyne said...

Sounds good, and I am a fan of chardonnay so I will have to check it out (with a bag of Lay's potato chips, of course). But I also feel compelled to point out that 51 out of 121 votes is not unanimous. It's a hefty margin, but not unanimous.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you all for stopping by to enjoy a glass of wine with me!

Teresa, that is a good catch! It won by a commanding but not unanimous lead! :)

Teresa Rhyne said...

Yeah, when I'm not drinking I'm a lawyer...I catch these things. Time to drink.

Melinda said...

Oooooh, I love the idea of twitter tasting, although I'm like a day ahead of you. Can I join?

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