Truchard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

I went to my local Bottle King a few weeks ago looking to buy a few bottles of wine to give away as presents. I didn’t really go there with anything particular in mind, just that I wanted Cabernet Sauvignon. I figured I would just look through what they had and decide on the spot. Sometimes I just like to “roll the dice” and see what comes up.

In prime location on the Cabernet Sauvignon aisle was this wine. The little card with the description sounded pretty interesting so I not only picked up a bottle to give away but also picked one up for myself. I had never heard of the winery so thought I would give it a try.

Truchard is a small family owned winery in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Tony and Jo Ann Truchard have managed a successful vineyard  for over 30 years. In 1989 they started a winery and began producing wines using only their estate-grown fruit.

Their Cabs have gotten pretty high scores from Wine Spectator and was rated as #41 in the Top 50 Napa Wineries by Wine Spectator. It has also been named as one of the Top Estate Wineries of the year by Wine and Spirits magazine.

We finally opened the bottle a few days ago and we were quite pleased with it. The wine itself was very good. It had a great dark color and aroma straight out of the bottle. My wife and I both drank it over a few hours, savoring and enjoying the flavor. It went down very smoothly. Not the fullest body you will have, but still very good. I’m not into long descriptions of the different fruit flavors, focusing instead on whether I liked the wine or not, but here is what Bottle King says ” This Cabernet Sauvignon has concentrated aromas ripe plum, cherry, and blackberry; with hints of cedar, cocoa, and vanilla. The mouth is layered with jammy flavors of raspberry, black cherry, red currant, and a hint of cracked black pepper. Fine-grained tannins fill the palate and provide a long finish of spice and red fruit.”

For the price, around $25 this is a really good wine.

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