Derenoncourt California

2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Tache d’encre

Class wedded with power – it’s impossible to talk about this wine without using those words. Embodying a James Bond-like rugged sophistication, this relentlessly original expression of mountaintop Cabernet draws you in with its lush aromas, ripe concentration, intense minerality, and – above all – its spirit of adventure. From a tiny plot of terraced vines overlooking Pope Valley near Ink Grade Road, the Tache d’encre (French for “ink stain”) boasts a mélange of fresh berry pie, black currants and toothy tannins coupled with bright acidity, culminating in a warming, tactile finish of cloves, sage, and dried bing cherries. A true vin de terroir, this Cabernet is built for the long-haul, promising decades of pleasure for those patient enough to wait.

160 cases produced. Sold Out.

“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Tache d’Encre flows across the palate with serious depth...This opulent, full-bodied dark rich and totally inviting. ...There is a lot to like in this outrageously beautiful wine.“– 95+ points – The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2012 (Antonio Galloni)