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As our consulting winemaker since 2012, Francoise sees her role as a sounding board, someone with whom our winemaker can taste and discuss the wines without necessarily making all the decisions. It doesn't hurt that she has deep experience with Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga's eastern reaches, having made wine from the Eisele Estate just down the road from us for 22 years. Schooled at UC Davis and the University of Bordeaux, Françoise fell in love with Cabernet Sauvignon during an apprenticeship at Château Haut-Brion, a passion she continued to nurture back in Napa Valley at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Rombauer Vineyards. Winemaker for Vine Hill Ranch since 2008 and co-owner of her own boutique brand, Françoise has staked her career on teasing out the singular characteristics of estate properties throughout Napa Valley, creating wines of balance, finesse and elegance.