Coquerel Family Wine Estates is located just beyond the town of Calistoga at the north end of the Napa Valley. The heart and soul of our winery is our estate “Walnut Wash” vineyard, a gorgeous, oak-studded property that sits in the afternoon shadows of the Mayacamas Mountains. Since 2005, we have done extensive enhancement and replanting of the site to ensure world-class fruit from vintage to vintage. The combination of warm temperatures and deep, clay/stone soils makes this ideal terroir for Sauvignon Blanc, our flagship variety. It also produces exceptional Verdelho, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. In addition to our estate fruit, we source Chardonnay, Cabernet and other noble grapes from a handful of premier growers throughout the Napa Valley.
Napa Earthquake Update
The 2014 Napa Earthquake: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
What an amazing 24 hours! We want to send you an update on our happenings in Napa and to thank all of you who have expressed concern and best wishes!
I cannot say enough about the Napa community. I have had so many emails and offers of help. All of the Napa and Sonoma wineries are pulling together to help their neighbors by offering tanks, barrels, equipment, hands on deck, crush facilities, ... you name it! The outpouring of generosity is overwhelming! As with tornado damage or any natural disaster, there is really no rhyme nor reason to the earthquake damage.
Karen and Jeff Fontanella, owners of Fontanella Family Winery in Napa (where we do our custom crush) have worked tirelessly to pump the wine from fallen or damaged barrels. It is truly a Herculean task as the barrels fell on all of the forklifts and equipment usually used for the handling of the barrels...it was extremely dangerous. So many neighbors have pitched in to be there. John Truchard sent over a heavy duty forklift which helped immeasurably to begin safely clearing the damage. Also, a commercial orchard in Southern California sent a huge crane as well as their crew to assist and move the wine and barrels.
I can only say that we are all so fortunate that the quake happened during the night...there would likely have been a huge loss of life if it had occurred during the day when the wineries are teaming with people.
For Coquerel, we are so thankful for the help we have received and for good fortune, in that our losses are moderate in comparison to such destruction.
All of our cased wine is safe in our warehouse. We know that we have lost some barrels of our 2012 and 2013 barrels of Petite Sirah, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo which were to be bottled later this fall. We do not have an exact inventory amount at this time, but one thing is certain, our loss was minimized due to the tireless work of all at Fontanella.
Also, another piece of good news. As you may know, it has been very hot in Calistoga, and our Sauvignon Blanc is ready for harvest now! Since the crush facility at Fontanella is not an option due to the clean-up, Christine Barbe, our amazing winemaker has been scrambling to locate another winery that is unscathed and available to accept our fruit. A Napa winery (more on that later) has generously opened their winery to allow Christine to crush and ferment our Sauvignon Blanc now. We will bring in our fruit tomorrow. We are sighing a breath of relief ... we feared we might lose our entire crop of Sauvignon Blanc ... there is no way to stop the ripening!
Today, we feel thankful and blessed...I cannot express enough our appreciation to all who have helped and offered help.
- Brenda Cockerell