Derenoncourt California

2006 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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A flagship wine in every sense, this dark, brooding Napa Valley Cabernet reflects both the intensity of Napa terroir and the refinement of Old World winemaking. Dense but silky, potent but delicate, this hand-crafted wine possesses what Stéphane calls true power: the elusive balance between concentration and elegance. This ephemeral quality stems from decisions Stéphane made in the vineyard and the cellar, beginning with the selection of low-yielding old vines from Block 13 in Caldwell Vineyard. This tiny parcel’s cool climate enables a long growing season, its volcanic soils provide intense mineral influence, and its Cabernet Sauvignon clones – the product of decades of rigorous winnowing – capture the soul of the grape. Stephane’s non-interventionist winemaking allowed the fruit to fully express its terroir, and judicious treatment in new Saury barrels – lightly toasted so as to accent rather than dominate – helped craft a wine of stunning depth and freshness.

The Napa Valley Cabernet exudes a mysterious, profound aroma of juicy blackberries and currants with pencil lead and dusty leather notes. The palate offers even more complexity than the bouquet, exhibiting a driving core of sweet fruit, flavors of graphite, wild herbs and peppercorns, and a saturated, viscous texture buoyant with acidity. Smooth glycerin-wrapped tannins lead to toasty oak and grilled rosemary on the long, luxurious finish. Produced in miniscule quantities, this true boutique Cabernet flits seamlessly between regal elegance and hedonistic pleasure and promises to be a cellar centerpiece for years to come.

100 cases produced.