2015 Nickel & Nickel
Truchard Vineyard
Chardonnay

Carneros, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2015 Truchard Chardonnay expresses tropical aromas of ripe pineapple, honeysuckle and crushed stone. Well-integrated flavors of pear, crushed pineapple and Meyer lemon lift the palate along with nutty, toasted oak and rich minerality. Balanced and full, this wine has bright acidity that accentuates the broadly textured midpalate. The creamy texture is a signature of this vineyard and delivers the fruit in a long, flavorful finish.


Felton soil series from Truchard Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Carneros, Napa Valley

YEAR PLANTED

2007

VARIETAL

Chardonnay

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Chardonnay clones: 4, 76, 95 and 96 on four rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • 110R
  • 3309C
  • 101-14

ACREAGE

14 acres

TRELLISING

Head-trained

GEOLOGY

This vineyard is predominately a neutral, gravelly loam from the Felton soil series, which are well-drained soils formed from weathered sandstone and shale.

Vineyard
Description

Truchard Vineyard lies in the heart of Carneros, prized for its rolling hills, sun exposure and cool, breezy conditions that allow long, even ripening. Nickel & Nickel makes wine from fourteen select acres of this 270-acre vineyard, composed of volcanic ash and rock with a southwestern exposure. The growing season tends to be long in this cooler area, allowing for fully mature fruit at harvest.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Carneros, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 3 – 14, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

FERMENTATION

Whole cluster pressed barrel fermented (no ML)

AGING

10 months in French oak

  • 49% new
  • 51% once-used

RELEASE DATE

March 2017

FIRST VINTAGE

2000

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

Early and extremely limited are the words that define the 2015 vintage. The growing season started with budbreak in February and bloom in April, which is about 10 days earlier than usual. We were initially concerned with frost, however we only had a few days of concern. Crop loads were carefully handled to promote and preserve fruit clusters. Over the summer months, fruit ripened quickly. This vineyard has both east- and west-facing blocks and both hillsides ripened at the same rate. We harvested the hillsides and then waited another week to harvest the flatland blocks. This fruit was whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and sur-lie stirred to capture flavors, mouthfeel and complexity.

The 2015 Truchard Chardonnay expresses tropical aromas of ripe pineapple, honeysuckle and crushed stone. Well-integrated flavors of pear, crushed pineapple and Meyer lemon lift the palate along with nutty, toasted oak and rich minerality. Balanced and full, this wine has bright acidity that accentuates the broadly textured midpalate. The creamy texture is a signature of this vineyard and delivers the fruit in a long, flavorful finish.