Carter Cellars Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2001

Tasting Notes

The first note is a bright acidity, which makes the fruit come alive and balances just the right level of toasted oak in the background (from 18 months of aging in new French barrels). The fresh, ripe fruit is mainly raspberry and cassis with chocolate emerging as it lingers. It is well structured with its acidity and tannins that provide good “mouth-feel” but don’t dominate.

"A sleek, smooth wine that serves up plenty of cinnamon and spice flavor backed by a core of blackberry, raspberry, anise, herb and coffee flavors. It’s complex and elegant, showing good length on the finish."

90 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast


Map of the Truchard Vineyard

The History of the Truchard Vineyard

Truchard Vineyards was established in 1974, when Tony and Jo Ann Truchard came to the Carneros region of the Napa Valley and purchased a 20 acre parcel of land. They transformed what was an abandoned prune orchard into a vineyard and began selling the fruit to a local winery. Through hard work and dedication they quickly developed a reputation as one of the outstanding vineyards in Carneros. Over the past 31 years the Truchard Estate Vineyard has grown to 400 acres, of which 270 acres are planted. The Truchards now sell grapes to more than 20 premiere Napa Valley wineries.

The Truchard Estate Vineyard is a series of hills and valleys, which contain 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.

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Explore the varied Napa vineyards of Carter Cellar's handcrafted wines, from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard to the Truchard.



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