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Francis Ford Coppola has a long family history with wine making. He was first exposed to the wine making process while growing up in New York. During this time, his grandfather and uncles would make wine in the basement of their apartment using the grapes that they had shipped in from California. In 1962, Francis met his wife Eleanor on the set of his first feature film. The two later moved to San Francisco and subsequently became the owners of a substantial and beautiful wine estate. Eleanor...
A vibrant, luscious California Merlot. Dark, succulent fruit is balanced by the wine's natural acidity. Powerful aromas of plums, raspberries, toasted wood, and allspice lead to a soft, smooth structure with cherries, black currant, vanilla bean, and cocoa. This medium-bodied wine is complete with a velvety texture, rich fruit impressions, earthy spice notes, and supple tannins.
An early vintage in 2014 led to an even earlier season in 2015. Limited rainfall in the spring helped reduce yields and give small berries, which in turn provided a little more density on the palate as well as a little more tannin. Medium bodied and well structured, the 2015 Merlot has flavor intensity, a plush texture, and elegant oak nuances.
Diamond Collection wines are classic California expressions that offer fruit-forward, multi-dimensional flavor and immediate drinkability. With Merlot the objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but soft, smooth tannins. This is accomplished by blending fruit from several different appellations including Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Monterey County. Paso Robles grapes lend sweet, fresh fruit qualities, spice notes and an earthy character; Sonoma fruit contributes natural acidity to create more balance and finesse; and Monterey County grapes provide richness and concentration.