Solitaire hails from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, which is located in South Napa spanning a rare stretch of 500 acres purchased by Tony and Jo Ann Truchard nearly 50 years ago from a hermit who lived on the property in a trailer. This is a charming expanse of vineyard, planted with many head-trained and old vines, and an old world sensibility. We are lucky to count Anthony and Suzanne Truchard among our closest friends, and to be able to work with this family vineyard. Our block of Syrah is located near the top of the vineyard, on a north-facing, rocky volcanic slope. The vines are over 40 years old, planted with the well-loved heritage Estrella clone of Syrah. This is a singular place, making wines of incredible elegance and character.
The Solitaire is a dark, beguiling wine with aromas of ink, graphite, tapenade, black cherry, black berry bramble, ginger, and oiled leather. It has an insanely silky entry, with flavors of black olive, culinary bay, morello cherry, and crushed rock. This wine is effortless to drink – unbelievably silky on the entry, with supple tannins, sublime balance and length, the perfect weight and lovely freshness. It is drinking well now, and should also cellar well through the mid- and long-term.