One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This wine's bias to sweet cherries in the nose brings good Merlot to mind, and its lithe and supple feel does the same. A streak of last-minute structural tannin clearly tags the wine as Cabernet, but that tannin is never so pushy as to endanger the expression of fruit, and it instead provides a nice bit of grip and ensures a few years of positive growth." (August 2008) In the late 1800s Jean Marie Truchard packed his bags and left his native France, settling in Cat Springs, Texas. There he bought 500 acres of land and planted some vines, hoping to make great wine to serve the community. But the grapes rotted on the vine. So the family turned to farming and raising cattle. Then, in the early 1970s, Jean-Marie's grandson, Tony Truchard, picked up with his granddad left off, purchasing property in Napa Valley and plating it to vine, teaching his young son the skills required to grow great winegrapes. This 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is the third vintage from John Anthony's endeavor with his wife Michele. With the help of winemaker Alison Doran, John Anthony has created a fantastic wine. The briar fruit-filled nose has hints of cedar, bittersweet chocolate and caramel, aromas that continue through to the mouthfilling palate. Seductive.
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