Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc sunbathe at the famous Beckstoffer-ToKalon vineyard.

After a maceration in 600 liter puncheons and in small capacity tanks, the wine ages in small French oak barrels in the cool caves for 16 months.
Propietary Name Cœur de Vallée
Name Meaning Heart of the Valley
Varietal composition 76% Cabernet Sauvignon &
24% Cabernet Franc
Type of wine Vineyard designated
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Vineyard singularity Beckstoffer-ToKalon,
Oakville bench
Gravelly, loamy and clayish
deep soil
Typical harvest date October
Picking Manual, small lugs, refer truck
Sorting Cluster by cluster, berry per berry
Fermentation Through native yeast.
Punch downs
Tank and Puncheons
Upbringing 16 months
French oak from artisan coopers
Bottling Unfiltered
Cellaring time 10+ years
Serving Room temperature
Decanting recommended

Winemaker notes:

Few vineyard sites truly have a strong and unique personality. The famous Beckstoffer To-Kalon vineyard lies on the Oakville bench, in the Napa Valley. Planted on this prime location, the French varietal Cabernet Sauvignon has become the flagship of this region, and has brought her a worldwide recognition. We named this wine “Coeur de Vallée” to honor both this unique site and its wonderful companion, Cabernet Sauvignon. Handcrafted by using classical winemaking techniques, this wine represents the vibrant heart of a very special place.

Deep purple. Intense and complex bouquet of red, black and blue berries intermixed with notes of cassis, Quesch plum, blond tobacco and a hint of black pepper. Full bodied, the palate is reminiscent of the nose, with a creamy texture and beautiful depth. The silky tannins and complex aromas create a harmonious ensemble, leading to a very long and smooth finish. This early charming, generous and collectible wine is particularly representative of this unique vineyard site. Coeur de Vallee features the interaction of the clayish yet well-drained gravelly volcanic soil, the site’s micro-climate and the low-interventionistic Morlet winemaking approach.