2011 Carneros Zinfandel
California: Napa Valley: Carneros
Zinfandel is such a common sight north of the Bay up in wine country, one would assume that it grows everywhere. But in the Napa Valley side of Carneros, there is in fact just one 100% Carneros-grown Zinfandel made. It’s grown and made by Truchard. Praised by fellow grape growers and sommeliers alike, Truchard are considered masters of Carneros grape growing. Their wines reveal the region’s fog-driven terroir, low yields, and signature earthy spices. They craft wines that are precise in varietal character, age-worthy, and don’t have three scoops of sugar and oak chips under the hood. Honest to goodness stuff that sells out very quickly.
Dark garnet with concentrated color out to the lighter burgundy colored edges of the wine. After giving this pretty wine a swirl, short, wine-stained tears fall slowly down the glass. After the wine has had a chance to breathe, tears form more quickly, higher up on the glass wall before falling swiftly.
Dark and foreboding, with braised plum, smoky black cherry, moist leaves and conifer needles out in front. After the wine opens up, after some swirling, it reveals lovely sweet spice, dried fall leaves and subtle leather.
Lush and sweet, with sweet stewed plum, black cherry juice, dark tobacco leaf and dried Mission fig taking the lead. Just underneath these the wine takes on an exotic quality with crushed black flowers, slate, subtle dark espresso bean and a hint of complex dried herbs.
Long and plush with a quick spreading dryness that increases as sweet fruit flavors fade, eventually ushering in a delicate minerality that is accompanied by dried flower petals and a hint of dried herbs.
Keeping things local, this would make a great partner to a table full of taco fixings.
What the Winery Says
- Anthony Truchard
- Grape Varietal
- Truchard Estate Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley
- Total Production
- 434 cases