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Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Francis Ford Coppola 2013

External Review by WineExpress.com:

At the 14th annual Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition the 2013 Archimedes, with the top score of 98 points, was given the Directors Award for Wine of the Year and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery was named Winery of the Year for its superb performance across the board. Francis Ford Coppola's flagship Sonoma Cab, Archimedes is crafted from small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from prime Alexander Valley vineyards and produced in very limited quantity for the true connoisseur. Archimedes matures in barrels for 18 months in order to achieve a high degree of tannin development, flavor integration, and textural refinement. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Robert Parker scored it 94 points saying "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Archimedes from Alexander Valley has the most imposing dense bluish/purple color of this grouping. Beautiful blueberry and black raspberry notes with hints of graphite and spice box jump from the glass of this full-bodied, stunningly rich and well-proportioned Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink gracefully for 25 or more years. It is clearly the showstopper in the six wines I tasted from Coppola. It can be drunk now or cellared for up to another 25 years." and with a 98 point score the Critics Challenge Competition wrote "This is one of the finest Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons you are likely to find, an impressive effort from a stunning vintage and an up-and-coming producer. Richly layered with aromas of red and black fruits, the 2013 Archimedes delivers heft and power without losing elegance. The palate is plush, with silky tannins, and the warmth and spiciness of the oak is an enhancement rather than a distraction."

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery:
  Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, Agostino Coppola, had a passion for wine back in the 1920s, when he used to make wine in the basement of his New York apartment. They weren’t sophisticated wines: they were just everyday wines that anyone could enjoy. Francis and Eleanor Coppola, Francis’ wife, attempted ... Read more
  Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, Agostino Coppola, had a passion for wine back in the 1920s, when he used to make wine in the basement of his New York apartment. They weren’t sophisticated wines: they were just everyday wines that anyone could enjoy. Francis and Eleanor Coppola, Francis’ wife, attempted to continue this passion when they purchased their own vineyard in Rutherford, California in 1975 using the proceeds from The Godfather. This plot was a part of the historic Inglenook Winery, and it included the former home of Gustave Niebaum, member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame. After tireless effort by the whole family, the winery produced its first vintage in 1977 under the Niebaum-Coppola label. After many years of success, the family purchased Inglenook Winery in its entirety in 1995. In 2006, the winery was renamed to Rubicon Estate Winery in honor of the estate’s flagship wine. The Coppola family couldn’t stop there - in March 2006, they purchased the former Chateau Souverain winery in Geyserville, California, transforming it into the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. In their first four years, their family of wines exploded from 12 to 45 wines. Corey Beck was made the director of wine-making and the general manager of the winery, and he currently oversees seven wine brands. There are currently 9 lines of wine, each with a different personality and varietal composition. The Sofia line, for example, was created as a gift from Francis to his daughter, and it exudes charm, style, and romance. Read less

External Reviews for Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Francis Ford Coppola

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
08/15/2017

At the 14th annual Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition the 2013 Archimedes, with the top score of 98 points, was given the Directors Award for Wine of the Year and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery was named Winery of the Year for its superb performance across the board. Francis Ford Coppola's flagship Sonoma Cab, Archimedes is crafted from small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from prime Alexander Valley vineyards and produced in very limited quantity for the true connoisseur. Archimedes matures in barrels for 18 months in order to achieve a high degree of tannin development, flavor integration, and textural refinement. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Robert Parker scored it 94 points saying "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Archimedes from Alexander Valley has the most imposing dense bluish/purple color of this grouping. Beautiful blueberry and black raspberry notes with hints of graphite and spice box jump from the glass of this full-bodied, stunningly rich and well-proportioned Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink gracefully for 25 or more years. It is clearly the showstopper in the six wines I tasted from Coppola. It can be drunk now or cellared for up to another 25 years." and with a 98 point score the Critics Challenge Competition wrote "This is one of the finest Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons you are likely to find, an impressive effort from a stunning vintage and an up-and-coming producer. Richly layered with aromas of red and black fruits, the 2013 Archimedes delivers heft and power without losing elegance. The palate is plush, with silky tannins, and the warmth and spiciness of the oak is an enhancement rather than a distraction."



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