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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
Carneros, Napa Valley
Chardonnay clones: 4, 76, 95 and 96 on four rootstocks:
This vineyard is predominately a neutral, gravelly loam from the Felton soil series, which are well-drained soils formed from weathered sandstone and shale.
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.
September 3Â – 14, 2015
Whole cluster pressed barrel fermented (no ML)
10Â months in French oak
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.