By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 at 11:41 am in Corkheads.
Stephane Derenoncourt, the Bordeaux superstar who consults for dozens of wineries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has released his own wines made from grapes grown in California.
I had been holding on to these wines, waiting to open them for just the right meal. Last night, alongside a maple-and-balsamic glazed pork chop, I popped open the 2006 Syrah from the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros. Derenoncourt also makes a Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot from the Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak.
According to a February post on Decanter.com, Derenoncourt’s intention was to make California-style wines with an emphasis on freshness and elegance. You won’t find heat or high sugar on these wines.
The Syrah was a beauty. On the nose, it had subtle aromas of bacon fat and leather in harmony with black fruit and spice. The flavors are similar. I also got some white pepper on the finish, which is silky, long, and lacks that bite of big tannins we often get when tossing back a Cali syrah. Definitely a fresh and vibrant take on the wine. I loved it and really look forward to tasting his other California wines.