Carter Cellars Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2006

Tasting Notes

Violets, lavender, vanilla bean, dark cherry – these are some of the flavors and aromas woven into this beautiful, fragrant Merlot. Displaying the Carter propensity for extravagant fruit, this Merlot’s flavors are concentrated, abundant, and deep, and the wine offers a distinct minerality and spiciness alongside its intense fruit and floral notes.

"Rich and supple, but with a level of density and concentration that sneaks up on you. Aromas of floral red currant and pebbly mineral lead to ripe, silky flavors of plum, bittersweet chocolate and spice. Tannins slowly build on the finish."

92 Points ~ Wine Spectator


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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