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    2007 Derenoncourt California Cabernet Franc

    Lisa Khajavi

    by Lisa Khajavi

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    Stéphane Derenoncourt shares with the Montesquieu Winery team--buyer Fonda Hopkins, winemaker Hélène Mingot and several Montesquieu wine brokers--insight into the 2007 Derenoncourt California Napa Valley Cabernet Franc from the Caldwell Vineyard in Coombsville. Stéphane explains how from the very first time he tasted the grapes from these 25 year-old vines, he knew he had found a very special site, perfect for making the first varietal Cab Franc of his career.

    He is thrilled with the 2007, saying it has similarities to the 2006 but with "more of everything", and that in terms of complexity and precision it is his favorite of the collection.