Truchard Vineyards is located in the Carneros district in southern Napa Valley. It was founded by Tony and Jo Ann Truchard in 1974 and they sold grapes exclusively until 1989 when they began making their own wine. They like to think of themselves as a "big vineyard with a small winery" as the reasoning behind this is they carefully hand craft small production lots of each of the wines they make. The owners are getting up in age but remain very active with their winery and we have often seen them at trade tastings (pouring their own wines rather than hiring other people to do this). Their actual vineyard is planted with 270 acres which makes it a good size vineyard in this region. However, they pick the best lots as only approximately 20% of the grapes are used for their own wines. As a result, there are a number of other wineries who source fruit from the Truchards for their own wines.
The winery is in a 100+ year old restored barn and the very neat & clean wine caves are built into the hillside under the vineyards. Walk on the hill between the grape rows above the caves for some great views of the rolling vineyards and winery complex. The owners live on site and either they or their long-time winemaker will typically show you around and conduct the tasting.
As of press time, they make 12 wines one of which is the Roussanne which you are not going to find at many Napa Valley wineries. This wine is light and crisp and with good acid balance. They also produce a wonderful Zinfandel with grapes from their own Carneros property. Zinfandel in Carneros? Now there is a statement not often heard of when speaking of this cooler growing Chardonnay and Pinot noir producing region. However Tuchard's Zinfandel vineyard is grown in a small canyon fairly well sheltered from the cool winds that often blow in this area. In this same grain they have grown Cabernet Sauvignon successfully in their part of the Carneros region for over 30 years! South west facing more protected slopes are the recipe.
Their 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon has been blended with a bit of Cabernet Franc which adds a complexity of flavors and spices to the wine as well as a nice rounded smoothness and structure to the finish. Also look for their Tempranillo and late harvest botrysized Rousanne. They participate in the April & Holiday weekends in Carneros activities and this is a good time to meet the owners and winemaker. Food and drinks are often provided at this event which is casual and a great way to socialize with other wine enthusiasts as well as meet the owners and winemaker. View: www.truchardvineyards.com
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Open to Public: No
Regular Tours: No
Address: 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa