The “Old Block” Pinot Noir is the oldest block of Pinot Noir on the Truchard Estate Vineyard. Planted in 1974 on St. George rootstock, these “Martini” selection vines have taken full advantage of the thin soils, rolling hills, and cooler temperatures of the region. They are some of the oldest vines in Carneros. This perfectly balanced vineyard consistently produces a crop of little clusters with small berries. The resulting wine exhibits an intensity, texture, and complexity that only mature vines can deliver.
Tasting Notes - Complex aromas of plum, wild strawberry, and pomegranate with a hint of framboise, tea, and earth. The mouth is rich, round, and silky with flavors of cherry, cranberry, and sweet vanilla. Firm acidity and delicate tannins focus the palate and provide a lingering finish of spice and red fruit.
Winemaking - All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed into an open top fermenter with approximately 20% whole berries. The tank was inoculated with Assmannhausen yeast, after “cold soaking” for 5 days. The fermentation was punched down three times daily, with the temperature peaking at 92º F. After 10 days of maceration, the wine was pressed, settled in tank for 24 hours, then put into barrel. This wine was aged for 10 months in French oak (45% new), and bottled in August of 2019. It is ready for immediate drinking, but will reward careful cellaring for the next 10-12 years.