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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...
This vintage exhibits aromas of blackberries, cherries, anise, and tobacco leaves. It is deep purple in appearance with tasting notes of plums, dark chocolate, and gingerbread.
Petite Sirah grapes are one of the most intense in terms of color and tannin, and are frequently used as a blending grape to add pigment or phenols. This varietal produces small berries in tight clusters, which contributes to its concentration. The grapes for this vintage were grown in a variety of warm appellations, including Lodi, Paso Robles, and Dry Creek Valley. The 2013 vintage experienced an excellent California climate with steady, mild temperatures that persisted throughout summer. These ideal weather conditions resulted in fruit with intense aromatic properties, wonderful balance and rich, complex flavors.
To avoid extracting too much tannin from the fruit, the Petite Sirah grapes were pressed very gently. This allowed the vintner to achieve a more delicate style of wine that does not require aging.