Truchard Vineyards has been a generous contributor to the New York International Wine Auction in the past, and continues that tradition in 2011 with their fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Founder Jo Ann Truchard talks about the winery, the wine, and the cause.
Jo Ann and Tony Truchard came to the Napa Valley in 1974 and quickly developed a reputation as one of the outstanding vineyards in the Carneros region. The Truchard Estate Vineyard now sells grapes to more than 20 premiere Napa Valley wineries. In 1989, they began making wine for themselves using only their estate-grown fruit. Winemaker Sal De Ianni oversees a hand-crafted wine operation using traditional winemaking techniques.
The Vineyard itself is a series of hills and valleys with a variety of soils: clay, shale, sandstone, volcanic rock and ash. The terrain, geology, and marine-moderated temperatures provide unique winegrowing conditions. They currently grow 10 different grape varieties, making them one of the most diverse estate vineyards in California. Wines from their 1994, 1996, and 1997 vintages have been included in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 wines of the world, and the winery was selected as the "Estate Winery of the Year" by Wine & Spirits in 1997 and 1998.
Truchard's Cabernet vines are planted on the warmer, southwest facing slopes for maximum sun exposure, and the result is a big Cabernet Sauvignon, with tremendous color and structure. Cabernet Franc is blended in to provide added softness and complexity.
We look forward to tasting the fruits of their decades-long craft.