It began as a dream to produce a superb Sauvignon Blanc in the Napa Valley modeled on the best traditions of the incredible Bordeaux blancs of France. In 2005 we were fortunate to locate a beautiful estate vineyard in Calistoga, which was planted over 50 years ago on St. George rootstock. Back dropped by the Palisades, the old vines thrive in this dry-farmed vineyard, which has deep soil on the valley floor that is well suited for the dry-farmed technique.
The result -- our first estate grown wine Terroir Coquerel, followed by Le Petit Coquerel, and in 2008 our estate grown late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, La Douce Revanche. Each wine is distinctive and delicious, reflecting individually the terroir of our original Calistoga vineyard and of the elegant flavors unique to Sauvignon Blanc.
One thing led to another, and as the wines received recognition, the question became, "Do you make a red wine?" As luck would have it, a vineyard property adjacent to our vineyard became available that allowed us to produce more wines in an old world style- Verdelho, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo. In 2010 we decided to expand our offerings by producing Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Again, drawing on Christine Barbe’s skills that beautifully marry old world style winemaking techniques with luscious California fruit.