Truchard Vineyards

Owner(s) Jo Anne Truchard, Tony Truchard
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Truchard Vineyards

Today, there are many physicians who have become winery owners, winemakers and winegrowers, but Dr. Tony Truchard was one of the first in California. He bought his first 20 acres on the Napa side of the Carneros region in 1973 when he was still practicing internal medicine in Reno. He continued to acquire parcels until he now farms 270 acres of mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Carneros district. Francis Mahoney, of nearby Carneros Creek Winery, helped with the initial plantings. A winery was built in 1989 and caves were added later.

All Truchard wines are Carneros appellation from estate vineyards and include Rousanne, Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winemaker since 1998 has been University of California at Davis graduate Sal De Ianni.

Tours and tastings are available by appointment Monday through Saturday (707-253-7153). The address is 3234 Old Sonoma Road, Napa.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.62, 4,088 cases, $35. Seven clones (two Martini clones, Pommard, Swan, 115, 667 and 777) with vine age ranging from 16 to 38 years. 100% de-stemmed with about 20% whole berries in the open top fermenters. Cold soak 5 days and inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. Aged 10 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic nose with scents of black cherry, strawberry, baking spice, rose hips tea and oak vanillin. Middleweight ripe fruit flavors featuring black cherry, raspberry, cola and a hint of sassafras. There is a slight underlying earthiness and complimentary oak spice. The finish is particularly appealing with a juicy cherry theme and commendable length. Nothing out of place, and highly approachable now. Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $35. Recent release with revamped, modernized label. Seven clonal selections in the blend. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose unfolds slowly in the glass revealing compelling aromas of darker berries, mushrooms and clove-scented oak. Dark red and black fruits are featured with a pleasing earthiness and complimentary oak. Nicely balanced and easy to drink, with a silky mouth feel and commendable finishing intensity. Should benefit from another 6 to 12 months in bottle. Very good. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »