Derenoncourt California

2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,

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Stéphane Derenoncourt is known for his unusual ability to coax complex and authentic expression from his terroir. This approach to winemaking, in concert with the cool climate, sunny exposure, and nutrient-poor volcanic soils of our Cabernet vines in Caldwell Vineyard, gives the 2007 Coombsville Cabernet a uniquely beguiling nature. Delicate but intense, refined but concentrated, complex but accessible, this wine is a delightful paradox, an enigma wrapped in mystery. The persistent morning fogs from the San Pablo Bay shrouding the vines in mist, and the cool breeze that continually blows there, lend the grapes a subtlety all too rare in Napa Valley – reminding us that wine at its best is a gift from nature, not a product made by man.

This powerful, brooding Cabernet opens with fresh, generous aromas of juicy bing cherries, smoked cedar, and black truffles. Its focused, expressive bouquet eschews flamboyance in favor of depth, offering seamless layers of currant compote, underbrush, and camphor, accompanied by a savory evergreen quality. Its svelte, velvety texture carries soft, round tannins that envelope the mouth in flavors of sweet roasted blackberries, mint leaves and wild mushrooms, which persist and expand on the tongue-staining finish. Zesty acidity, powerful structure, and impeccable balance combine to make the Coombsville Cabernet an exploration of the outer limits of beauty and elegance in Napa Valley Cabernet.

120 cases produced.