Derenoncourt California

2007 Napa Valley Merlot,
Stagecoach Vineyard

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Stéphane Derenoncourt built his reputation on his ability to craft Right Bank Merlot of great elegance and sensuality. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that the 2007 Derenoncourt Merlot expresses both the finesse of a St. Emilion grand cru and the richness of Napa mountain terroir. The grapes come from a small block of vines in Jan Krupp’s famed Stagecoach Vineyard, situated at an elevation of 1800 feet on Atlas Peak. Stéphane’s trademark attentiveness to the unique qualities of this precious site – profound diurnal temperature changes, rugged volcanic soils, vines farmed with precision and care – has resulted in the kind of refreshing, lively, powerful wine that may make you reconsider the heights that domestic Merlot is capable of reaching.

The 2007 Stagecoach Merlot possesses a coveted combination of complex rich fruit, ample acidity, dense structure and dewy freshness. Crystalline yet royal red in hue, this wine exudes class and breed, with irrepressible, pure aromas of homemade berry pie, raspberry-soaked minerals and dark chocolate shavings. A texture of pure silk envelops the mouth slowly and seamlessly like steam fogging a window, gracing the palate with fresh red-black fruit that is rich and dense but not heavy or flashy. This is a sleek, seductive wine experience, with fine tannins, luscious fruit and a deep savory finish – the way mountain Merlot is meant to be.

85 cases produced.