2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc,
The grape made famous by Cheval Blanc and the grand chateaux of the Loire Valley is still relatively unknown in the United States. Stéphane Derenoncourt has made it his mission to introduce American wine lovers to the wonders of Cabernet Franc. And with the 2007 vintage, he has found his muse. Near-perfect growing conditions and the generous Napa sun imbued the wine with astonishing complexity and richness, while Caldwell Vineyard’s mineral-rich soils, 25-year old vines, and cool Coombsville climate drew out the varietal’s inherent elegance and brightness. The result is a wine of immense intrigue that impresses one’s memory as deeply as it does one’s palate.
Searing floral aromatics, pure, sweet, fresh fruit flavors, and a vibrant, sensual texture are hallmarks of the 2007 Coombsville Cab Franc. The bouquet boasts a rich core of luscious black cherry framed by crushed rock, green herb and wildflower aromas. On the lively palate, pronounced, velvety tannins caress the tongue with sweet cherry skins and broiled raspberry, a dark mineral presence, and that delightful herbal tea quality that gives great Cab Franc its allure. The long, luxurious finish, packed with tobacco and a dash of black pepper, caps off a unique experience of Napa terroir that promises to set a new standard for top-flight New World Cabernet Franc.
81 cases produced.