California Connoisseurs Guide recently wrote, “There are not many wineries in Northern California with such a long and distinguished history of making quality wines at affordable prices as Truchard.” That’s certainly the reputation of the winery that I’ve always known. Tony Truchard has been at this for over 40 years, and he’s every bit as experimental as he was when he first started. His thirst for making great wines is what has propelled his winery in Carneros successfully for decades.
The small, family owned winery started when the army-trained Truchard decided to plant grapes in 1974. He started out growing the grapes for their neighbors at Carneros Creek, but quickly gained notoriety for the exceptional fruit which earned them Nickel & Nickel, Frog’s Leap, Cain and Robert Mondavi as clients as well.
Eventually, like many of the great winegrowers, Tony decided to bottle his own wine, deploying the skills he learned from some of his famous winemaker friends along the way. By the late 1980’s he was bottling his own Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah. He found an immediate niche as the affordable over-deliver winery in Carneros and never relented that title. With 7 “Winery of the Year” Awards from Wine & Spirits Magazine in the past 27 years, Truchard remains a Napa Valley staple.
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93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This wine remains one of the finest values in the Napa Valley and a cool-climate example of the variety, to boot. With great opening aromas of blackberry, clove and dried herb, the lifted, balanced flavors follow suit, showing plenty of freshness and length around a well-integrated and elegant core.