In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one day producing a small quantity of high and wines to share with friends and family. The idea was simple – pick ideal climate and locations for the fruit, choose the best vine stock available, care and trend to each vines need, work with the best winemaker you can find, and share the end result with those who will most appreciate it. Fortunately his wife Michele shared his passion and together in 2003 they crushed what would become their first vintage of Cabernet and Syrah. Alison Doran, also from a winemaking family, was selected as the winemaker for a number of reasons including her experience and tutelage under Andre Tchelistcheff for 20 years. Additionally she was the enologist at Lewis Cellars for several years before she began working with the Truchards in 2003.