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Star/NVV panelists taste, rank two dozen wines

Cabernet franc is by no means new to the valley. By 1885, H.W. Crabb and other Napa Valley vintners who were eager to make fine claret like Bordeaux planted cabernet franc and other supporting varieties to add to their cabernet sauvignon wines.

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Inside Napa Valley, Calistoga: A vacation in your own backyard, Spring 2016

New to the Calistoga area is Coquerel Family Wine Estates which specializes in small batches of Sauvignon Blanc. Clay and Brenda Cockerell don’t yet have a tasting room, but you can keep apprized of their constitution schedule and learn more about their wines at coquerelwines.com

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Forbes Magazine – November 2015 – Best Wine Selection Dish for Thanksgiving – Le Petit Coquerel

2012 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc — Located in northern Napa, this winery retained Sauvignon Blanc expert, Christine Barbe to help craft a vibrant yet rich wine. Think grapefruit and lemon cream and you get the idea. ($22)

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D Magazine – What to Drink Now for Women – March 2015

Winemaker Christine Barbemet Brenda and Clay Cockrell in 2006, shortly before the couple launched their Coquerel Winery in Napa Valley. The Bordeaux born and trained winemaker, and producer/owner of Toquade, did not start out with a focus on wine during her schooling, instead she earned her PhD at the University of Bordeaux in research…

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The Terroirist Blog – 2012 Chardonnay review – March 2015

Light yellow-straw color. Bright nose of white peach, papaya, lemon, some honey and white flowers. Clean and crisp on the palate with white peach, yellow apples and lemon-lime. Very tangy and bright with some honeyed tea and minerals. Food-friendly, but creamy and mouthfilling at the same time.

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Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition – Bronze Medal Winner

One of the hardest things about being a wine editor in the West is that niggly feeling that I’m just not keeping up—with the amazing cache of old-time wineries clustered in well-established wine regions, let alone the veritable flood of new producers coming online in regions old and emerging.

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Bigger Than Your Head – Fredric Koeppel – 2012 Terroir Sauvignon Blanc Review

Seven months in French oak, 10% new barrels. Very pale gold color; grapefruit, tangerine, lime peel, hint of peach, notes of lilac, lavender and fennel; a few moments in the glass bring up touches of roasted lemon and celery seed; a little leafy and herbal; taut, crisp, vibrant, loads of personality and presence; tensile slightly dusty grapefruit-limestone finish.

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Life Between the Vines – Podcast, Interview with Christine Barbe

Christine Barbe makes wine for Clay and Brenda Cockerell’s Coquerel label. It is worth noting that Christine is also French (from Bordeaux, no less) and without a doubt she makes her wine in the French style. While the wine may not be easy to find….it IS worth the search.

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The Wine Dude – Joe Roberts, Interview with Christine Barbe

At this point, I think that we’ve established that Bordeaux native Christine Barbe is at least a little bitcrazy. Very talented, but a little crazy. Crazy enough to justify the namesake of her personal brand, Toquade, anyway.

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Calistoga Tribune

The French port city is celebrated for its Cabernet and Merlot grands vins, while the north Texas metropolis is famous for Cowboys and ten-gallon hats. Here in Calistoga, the two places happen to share a delightful connection that, fittingly, has nothing to

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Life Between the Vines – Podcast

Auction Napa Valley once again breaks a record.  For all the details, check out the press release below.  This program features interviews with owners and winemakers from the barrel auction at Charles Krug and the main auction at Meadowood Country Club.  This program runs in three parts with all the participants listed below.

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Tasting Panel Magazine – 90 Points – 2012 Chardonnay

Silky and balanced, understated and elegant with racy fruit and good acid structure; lovely, with style and finesse.

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Restaurant Wine – Excellent **** – Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc and Terroir Coquerel Sauvigon Blanc

Both wines are unwooded (aged 7 months in stainless steel barrels); both are excellent values. The 2011 is very distinct in character (fig, lemon peel, lime, grapefruit), full bodied, and balanced; a Sauvignon with a long flavor evolution on the palate, and a medium long finish. 1,474 cases.

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San Jose Mercury, Contra Costa Times – May 12th, 2014

When the opportunity arose in 2005 for the high school sweethearts to attempt their own memorable, Bordeaux-style white in Calistoga, they dubbed it Coquerel, using the archaic, French spelling of their name, and had the wisdom to tap French winemaker Christine Barbe.

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Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points and Editor’s Choice, 2012 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc

A beautiful wine, it shows exquisite control at balancing green, minty notes with richer flavors of apricots, Meyer lemons, vanilla and toast. The finish is dry and tart.

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