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2010 Derenoncourt Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc

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Latest Sale Price

November 26, 2023 - $31

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RATINGS

91+ Vinous / IWC

Beguiling varietal aromatics swirl around in the glass... the most compact and tannic of the Derenoncourt's 2010s. There seems to be good potential here... Savory herbs, spices and new leather wrap around the powerful finish.

PRODUCER

Derenoncourt

Derenoncourt California is the Napa-based enterprise of globe-trotting wine consultant and vigneron Stéphane Derenoncourt. The French-born Derenoncourt spent his 20s working in vineyards and cellars in Bordeaux, eventually becoming winemaker at Château Pavie Macquin and La Mondotte. Today he consults around the world and owns two domaines of his own, in Bordeaux and Napa. His inaugural Napa vintage was the 2006.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Franc

This is a parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon. It most likely originates from Basque country. It is an excellent blending grape, known for making the exquisite Cheval-Blanc. Franc is a little hardier on a vine than Sauvignon, but drinks smoothly at the table.