Carter Cellars Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2002

Tasting Notes

Spectacular ripe flavors of cherry and cassis dominate the intial palate of this wine followed by a sweet kiss of dense new French oak. The fruit and structure balance nicely to create a wine enjoyable now, but that will last for many years to come.

"Ripeness obviously wasn’t a problem here, to judge by the spectacularly forward cherry and cassis flavors. The winemaker put a lot of oak on top. The result is a huge wine that lacks a bit of finesse. After all, size isn’t everything. But it could surprise with a few years in the cellar."

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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