This sauvignon blanc is a touch of France in Napa Valley. Smelling the wine, you can picture yourself tasting on a Loire Valley estate, with intricate gardens stretching out as far as the eye can see. Winemaker Christine Barbe is from Bordeaux, and has crafted a wine that melds the fruit of Napa Valley with restrained citrus fruits, fresh grass, and a touch of smoky complexity.

Owners Brenda and Clay Cockerell named their winery after an ancient French derivation of their last name. When they purchased their Calistoga vineyard in 2005, it was already planted with dry-farmed, old-vine sauvignon blanc.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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