2007 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon,
Red Hills Vineyard
2,200 feet above the valley floor, in the shadow of an ancient volcano, lies a plot of Cabernet vines whose roots grow deep into the obsidian-rich soil and whose pristine fruit is the source of what many have called the greatest wine ever to come out of Lake County. Stéphane Derenoncourt fell in love with Andy Beckstoffer’s Red Hills Vineyard when he first laid eyes on it – its black, rocky soils, mountainside landscape, and striking microclimate, all bursting with promise. This romance gave birth to the 2006 Derenoncourt Red Hills Cabernet, whose critical acclaim has placed it at the vanguard of a renaissance in Lake County winemaking.
And with the 2007 vintage, Stéphane has truly hit his stride, buttressed by optimum growing conditions, an ideal harvest, and another year of experience working the vineyard. The wine possesses startling aromatic intensity, as a lush and vibrant bouquet of jasmine, currants and baked earth erupt from the glass, laced with delicate scents of lavender, gray smoke and fennel seed. Smooth, creamy tannins build in power and depth on the palate, coating the tongue with waves of cool, black fruit, savory graphite and underbrush flavors, and luscious acidity. Finishing with a sustained essence of tobacco leaf, black olives and bing cherries, this wine brings out the best in Lake County’s exciting terroir.
464 cases produced.