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The 2018 Truchard Chardonnay is a beautiful marriage of youthful vibrance and refined elegance. Gorgeous aromas of tropical fruits, citrus, and wet stone leap from the glass with the very first swirl. The same tropical and citrus notes follow on the palate, with pear, peach blossoms, and a touch of spice to round out the flavor profile. This wine is weighty, with an oily-textured component that is inherent to the vineyard. A harmonious mix of acidity and volume, this wine is full and fresh.
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 eight select sections 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 25Â â€“ October 8, 2018
Whole cluster pressed barrel fermented (no ML)
10Â months in French oak
The 2018 growing season was slow and steady. The vines started to grow in late February. Spring was mild, which allowed extended flowering, resulting in uniform, well balanced clusters. Harvest for the Truchard vineyard began in late September and wrapped up the first week of October.