The fruit for our 2016 Cabernet Franc came from a hillside slope in Bennett Vineyard in Coombsville. The wine has a nice rich color with a highly aromatic nose featuring dark berry and cassis. The palate is rich with dense tannins and a long finish with cherry and a hint of white pepper. While this wine drinks beautifully now it will continue to improve over the next decade.
As serious wine lovers for more than three decades, Clay and Brenda Cockerell have travelled extensively throughout the great appellations of Europe and sampled everything from simple, honest regional bottlings to some of the world’s most celebrated wines. Years ago, while visiting the Napa Valley, we decided the time was right to make our own wines. Coquerel was born. In 2005, they purchased a vineyard in Calistoga planted to old-vine, dry-farmed Sauvignon Blanc. In 2008 Clay and Brenda acquired the adjacent site that was planted to a handful of traditional varieties rarely found in modern-day Napa. Since then, they have revamped, replanted and upgraded the property to luxury-class winegrowing standards.
With the 2005 purchase of their first estate vineyard, Coquerel Family Wine Estates began producing exceptional Napa Valley red and white wines under the guiding hand of winemaker Christine Barbe, who earned her Ph.D in 1996 from the Bordeaux Institute of Enology. The winery is located just beyond the town of Calistoga at the north end of the Napa Valley and the heart and soul of Coquerel Wines is their estate “Walnut Wash” vineyard, a gorgeous, oak-studded property that sits in the afternoon shadows of the Mayacamas Mountains. Pure, crisp whites and powerful, yet sophisticated, reds have become their hallmark; a true melding of Napa Valley intensity and French elegance.More from this winery
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