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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...
The 2012 Director’s Cut Chardonnay boasts a dazzling fragrance of tropical fruits, peaches, and allspice followed by opulent flavors of spiced pears, juicy pineapple, and tangerine. This full-bodied and impeccably balanced wine has a dramatic fruit infused crème brulée finish.
The Russian River Valley climate is shaped by a regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. The fog ebbs and flows, arriving in the evening, and cooling the area down by as much as 35 to 40 degrees before retreating the following morning.
This unique weather occurrence acts as a natural air conditioner and allows for full flavor maturation and maintenance of the grapes natural acidity. Chardonnay grapes are sourced from a mixture of well-drained soils, including sandy loam, clay, and alluvial gravel. All tend to yield low crop levels and an extended growing season, however each imparts unique characteristics that create wines with tremendous complexity.
This vintage experienced an excellent California climate of steady, moderate temperatures which persisted throughout the summer. This ideal weather allowed the Chardonnay to develop intense spice aromatics, great concentration, and luscious, well-balanced fruit flavors.
Corey Beck, the head winemaker at the Francis Ford Coppola vineyards, used appellation-specific sourcing, meticulous fruit selection, and numerous blending trials to capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma’s micro-climates for this vintage. His patience and perseverance resulted in a highly refined style of wine that is well-suited to fine cuisine and premium wine lists.