Daily Wine 8/20/17:
Truchard – Cabernet Franc – Carneros – 2001
- This wine is 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Los Carneros AVA of Napa Valley in California.
- Los Carneros AVA overlaps into both Sonoma and Napa, but Truchard is closer to Napa.
- Due to a close proximity to San Pablo Bay, the region is cooler and is better suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This Cabernet Franc produces wines with bright acidity and fresh fruit notes with less notes of bell pepper because of that cooler climate.
- Truchard Estate Vineyards ages this in 40% new French oak for 20 months after a fourteen day maceration on the skins.
- Cabernet Franc is planted on several different sites, mainly on steep southwest-facing hillsides with diverse soils of clay, shale, limestone, volcanic ash, and rock.
- Cabernet Franc is on of the parents, along with Sauvignon Blanc, for the natural crossing the formed Cabernet Sauvignon.
- The 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon adds firmness, complexity, and more aging potential.
- Less than 300 cases are produced a year.
- Pair this with lamb.