Coup de Foudre is a common French idiomatic expression that is defined as a lightning strike, something unforgettable, a “love at first sight”, it can be referred to food, wine or someone incredible.

For the past 30 years, the winery has had the great fortune and honor to work with wine, savor it, and witness its impact on consumers as they navigate the wonders of wine and the sheer pleasure that it brings.

We have watched many people commemorate special times in their lives with wine. A few years ago, we embarked on our path to create a unique wine with elements worthy of a Coup de Foudre.

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Coup de Foudre Les Bouquinistes 2019

Les Bouquinistes 2019 is a field blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Sirah, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc from our Calistoga, Napa Valley vineyards. This series is made to produce a stunning Napa Valley wine that also generates awareness and funding for worthy charities throughout the world. Each vintage celebrates a renowned author committed to social justice. Le Bouquinistes 2019 Chapter Five recognizes Patricia McCormick’s SOLD, the story of a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal named Lakshmi who is sold into sexual slavery in IndiaPast vintages have featured a wide range of authors including Nicolas Kristof of The New York Times, Pulitzer prize winner Tracy Kidder, Jacqueline Novogratz and Shobha Rao. These collaborations have directly benefited charities in Cambodia, Africa, and India. Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc

Coup de Foudre Sauvignon Blanc 2020

This is the only white wine produce by the winery — the only white varietal we ever would choose to approach. We style our Sauvignon Blanc after some of the great white Bordeaux wines from the Pessac Leognan region, offering a flavor profile of pink grapefruit, stone fruits and bright minerality. The wine produce elements of honeydew melon, white peach, and nectarine, with underlying notes of fresh citrus bloom nuances. A weighty mouthfeel ushers in notes of pink grapefruit, Meyer lemon zest with bright acidity, minerality and tropical elements through to a long finish. Aged for 7 months in 50% Concrete Egg Ferm, 10% New Burgundian Oak, 30% Neutral French Oak, 10% Stainless Barrell.

Coup de Foudre Pinot Noir 2019

Situated at the top of Kings Ridge Road along the Sonoma Coast, the Pinot Noir Vineyard overlooks the Pacific Ocean and basks in ample sun and fog at a 2000 feet elevation. The coastal fog keeps it cool in the mornings, but the ridge exposure allows for ample ripening. Strawberry preserve, anise, and spicy notes leap out of the glass. While fresh red fruit and hints of cherry are enveloped by subtle warm toasty oak nuances. The firm acidity and smooth tannin profile are perfectly balanced. Aged 14 months in 50% New French Oak, 50% Neutral French Oak. Only 8 barrels.

Coup de Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The 2018 Coup de Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot from our Calistoga, Napa Valley vineyards. Intense aromatics of fresh dark berries and deep, complex tannins comingle with melted chocolate and cassis to create a Bordeaux-esque palate profile. This wine will age extremely well. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is described as a real beauty by Antonio Galloni (Vinous) with a redolent of blueberry jam, spice, mint, lavender and black cherry, all with terrific energy and superb balance. Vivid and sumptuous.

Coup de Foudre Lightning Bolt 2019

Coup de Foudre Lightning Bolt is only produced when we feel there are barrels worthy enough of presenting 100% Cabernet Sauvignon as a stand-alone. Showing perfect varietal Cabernet Sauvignon character, this 2019 is rich with elements of Dark Chocolate, focused cassis, nuances of blue and black berry. 100% new French Oak, aged 20 months, fills in the crème brulee like mid-palate. Only 100 cases produced (4 barrels!)