A Napa Valley cabernet franc with French connections was covered last week, and now we turn the tables to show a French cabernet franc with Napa Valley ties.

Coralie Delecheneau worked a harvest at Cain Vineyard and Winery on Spring Mountain some 16 years ago. Now she and her husband Damien are the talented duo behind the Loire Valley’s La Grange Tiphane. Damien is fifth generation, on what started as a farm.

This wine has lots of deliciously ripe red fruits laced with refreshing acidity. Once I started to look online for further information about this cabernet franc, I found that many others in the U.S. reviewed the wine, showing extremely high points. It is a small world after all.

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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