Having enjoyed fifteen years of winemaking success in Europe, Bordeaux-based vigneron Stéphane Derenoncourt set out to make his first-ever American wine, Derenoncourt California. Stéphane was drawn to California because of its increasing potential to produce great wine. Exploratory trips to the area convinced Stéphane of the possibility of crafting high quality wines that are marked by Napa’s distinctive terroir but retain the balance and freshness for which he is known.
The Derenoncourt California wines come from tiny parcels with cool microclimates and high elevations, each selected by Stéphane for its capacity for unique terroir reflection. These wines exude a rich sensuality while possessing the sort of elegance and freshness you expect from an accomplished Bordeaux vintner.
Blessed with near-perfect growing conditions in the acclaimed 2007 vintage, Stéphane has crafted his most exciting range of wines yet. Exhibiting varietal focus and precise site expression, each of these single-vineyard wines offers not only a memorable drinking experience, but also a fresh perspective into the beauty and diversity of Northern California’s dynamic terroir.
The highly limited 2007 wines were released on an allocated basis to our list in early March, 2011. If you are not yet a member of our list, please inquire here.