Derenoncourt California

2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Sometimes in wine, as in life, two unique personalities converge to create something greater than either could on its own.  Stéphane made his name in Bordeaux by mastering this precarious task, blending different grapes and vineyards in St. Émilion and the Médoc with resounding success.  With our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, he applied this principle to Napa’s diverse terroir for the first time.  Stéphane’s efforts have resulted in a stunning work of art only a master craftsman could create.  Our Coombsville plot – consisting of the oldest vines in the renowned Caldwell Vineyard – benefits from a long, cool growing season and rocky clay soils, giving the wine remarkable precision and enduring freshness; while our high–elevation vines on Mount Veeder soak in the afternoon sun, producing berries with intense concentration and striking depth.  Stéphane drew out the best from these distinctive terroirs to craft a wine that possesses finesse and balance while offering the thrilling power and sheer pleasure that mark California’s greatest wines.

Dark and opaque in the glass, the 2008 Cabernet’s rich color gives a foretaste of what’s to come. This is a wine of startling length and depth, its plush texture packed with ripe black fruit, sweet tannins, and a nervy acidity that brings the entire experience into blissful balance.  Aromas of broiled blackberries, gravel, and minced oregano deepen with enticing scents of white smoke, spearmint and the savory jus of a Christmas roast.  The svelte palate starts sweet, rich and ripe, then expands with waves of fresh boysenberry, scorched earth, and just the right touch of creamy oak and holiday spices.  A delightful tang of red currants awash in luscious acidity gives the wine verve and lift, framing the persistent finish of black pepper and cocoa powder.  Pure, powerful and elegant, the 2008 Cabernet offers the collector a cellar centerpiece for years to come.

269 cases produced.


“Pure, rich and supple, this is focused on deep plum, dark berry, cedar and mineral flavors. A tour de force in depth and intensity, yet with a nice lift on the finish, where the tannins show a tender side. Best from 2013 through 2026.”
– Wine Spectator Magazine (James Laube)