Carter Cellars Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2005


Tasting Notes

Arguably one the most complete Merlots produced in Napa Valley. The structure is rather firm at this young stage and will require some cellaring time in order to fully reveal the complexity of this red wine. Loads of aromas of ripe black cherry fruit, licorice and tobacco.

"Complex and well-focused, with red currant, mocha and mineral aromas and rich, concentrated plum, espresso and cedar flavors that take on length and tannins as this builds to the firm finish. Best from 2010 through 2013."

90 Points ~ Wine Spectator

 

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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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