Derenoncourt California

2007 Napa Valley Syrah,

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This intensely fragrant wine represents Stéphane Derenoncourt’s most engaging interpretation yet of Syrah, one of nature’s more thrilling grapes. Stéphane has harnessed the transparent nature of this noble varietal to craft a wine with stylistic roots in the Rhone’s famed hill of Hermitage, but which clearly expresses the cool richness of Coombsville terroir. Hand-harvested from a minuscule plot of vines in Caldwell Vineyard, situated above the fog line in Coombsville, one of Napa’s coolest microclimates, these grapes were treated with the gentleness and care of a tête-de-cuvée, and the wine shows accordingly.

Like all great Syrah, this wine is a study in complementary contradiction – elements savory and sweet, powerful and delicate, spicy and smooth, all captured in a single bottle. Prominent floral tones – one of Syrah’s most sought-after qualities – pervade the wine, deepening the fresh, lively bouquet of crushed blackberries, raspberry coulis, black pepper, dried meats and eucalyptus. Dense, concentrated and powerful, yet still elegant and lithe, the palate boasts layers of smoked meat, high-toned blackberry and pepper-dusted lilac, framed by a firm structure of velvety tannins and a burst of refreshing acidity. Finishing with sensations of dark coffee grounds, cherry-soaked minerals and dried peonies, this remarkable Syrah expresses a clarity and varietal focus uncommon this side of the Atlantic.

76 cases produced.