2006 Truchard Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay

Mission Codename: Maudire ces Américains!

Operative: Agent White

Objective: Acquire an exceptional Chardonnay that rivals the best of Burgundy

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Truchard Vineyards

Wine Subject: 2006 Carneros (Napa Valley) Chardonnay

Winemaker: Sal De Ianni

Backgrounder: Carneros Chardonnay is revered for its quality, elegance and smoothness, and arguable rivals the best white wines of Burgunday. The Carneros viticultural area, a wine growing region which straddles the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, has been a great source of wine that we have featured here. Always, those wine have been of supreme quality. The cool Carneros region provides ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay – and Chardonnay literally thrives there. Today’s Chardonnay is truly representative of the the best that region has to offer!

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Crystal clear golden-straw yellow that becomes pale along the edges. When swirled, this wine shows its slightly thicker texture and leaves clusters of slow medium-thick legs along the side of the glass.

Smell – Medium in intensity, and very pretty in character, this lovely wine starts off with ripe and rich stone fruit including mature apricot and peach with notes of bright citrus. These classic fruit flavors are layered over subtle vanilla-bean, spice, soft oak notes and white floral aromas.

Feel – Smooth and dry with exceptional weight and body. Well balanced with both creaminess on the mid palate and acid on the tip and back of the tongue as well as a touch of minerality that lingers long into the finish.

Taste – Rich and plump notes of peach, apricot, citrus fruit are harmoniously layered over honey suckle and orange blossom floral and honey notes. A touch of spice, minerality, creamy butter, vanilla-bean and oak emerge and linger over the palate.

Finish – Extremely long and persistent with the well evolved fruit and creaminess fading gracefully and the spice and minerality lingering for several minutes.

Conclusion – The 2006 Truchard Vineyards Carneros (Napa Valley) Chardonnay is an exceptional wine with great balance in both its aromas and flavors, rich and plump fruit are balanced with elegant creamy notes and lively acidity.

Mission Report:


SUBJECT: Sal De Ianni

WINE EDUCATION: M.S. Fermentation Sciences, UC Davis

CALIFORNIA WINE JOB BRIEF: 1994 Hess Collection, 1995-96 Cuvaison Estate Wines, 1998-present Truchard Vineyards


WINEMAKER QUOTE: “It’s all about balance”



AGENT WHITE: Greetings, Sal. We are thrilled to be showing your 2006 Carneros Estate Chardonnay today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.

WHITE: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?

SAL: Wine tasting classes at Northwestern University, Chicago restaurants

WHITE: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?

SAL: Dr. Michael Peterkin (Margaret River, Australia) taught me the “hands off” approach.

WHITE: Who do you make wine for?

SAL: Tony & JoAnne Truchard (my bosses), myself, and anyone else who wants to try it.

WHITE: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.

SAL: 100% Estate Carneros fruit, 30% new French Oak, 30% ML, lower alcohol, higher acid.

WHITE: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?

SAL: Grilled scallops, Corn Chowder

WHITE: In your opinion, what makes the Carneros region so special?

SAL: Foggy mornings, cooler days, breezing evenings… long hang time.

WHITE: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?

SAL: Racking the 2009 red wines, getting ready to bottle the 2009 Roussanne.

WHITE: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?

SAL: Most importantly enjoy them with family and friends over a meal.

WHITE: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

SAL: The 2006 vintages wines are all tasting great right now!

WHITE: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The location of the Truchard winery, which can be visted by appointment only, can be seen in this satellite photo.

One Response to “2006 Truchard Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay”

  1. […] of slow medium-thick legs along the side of the glass. … Go here to read the rest:  2006 Truchard Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay « The Wine Spies […]

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