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Francis Co Shiraz 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes The Sofia Rose exudes aromas of fresh strawberries and rose petals. Bright and lively, this wine offers generous flavors of juicy black cherry, raspberry and kiwi fruit while being dry and refreshing on the palate.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Francis Co Shiraz

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,172
2.00 5
10/01/2012

Slightly herbal and cocoa-dusted on the nose, this shows an almost floral sweetness to the aromas of beefy, plummy fruit. A bit thick on entry, this is soft and a bit fat. Fills your mouth with plush, dark berry and lightly baked plum fruit, accented with a hint of baking spices, vanilla and caramel. It’s an easy drinking, fairly intense wine suited for the cocktail set. 84pts


Member Reviews for Francis Co Shiraz

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
04/29/2011

Blue fruit on the nose, a little floral, med bodied, perfumey Not very lengthy, but fits the bill


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
06/03/2010

Succulent sweet Aromas of raspberries and strawberry cheesecake. Red fruit on palate some red apples, easy drinking, smooth flavors, mild acidity, loads of fruitiness but an even keel Love the nose


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: Clare Goggin Sivits
1066509632
3.00 5
09/28/2012

Light, fruity, kind of flat. It's okay.


Snooth User: ceekaynj
770251556
2.50 5
10/07/2011

More Syrah than Merlot. Not enough depth.


Snooth User: caflowers
174694198
3.50 5
05/15/2009

Very fresh. Roses,raspberries and ripe strawberries with a pleasant finish. Great rose color. Beautiful presentation!


Snooth User: Nina Syr
880338106
3.50 5
04/20/2012

Rich, fruity and elegantly textured. Rich plum color. Full bodied, with aromas of cherries, strawberry. Very warm and round with subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla and jammy fruit flavors on the palate. Soft tannins, smooth finish. I like my Merlot with meat, cheese or...chocolate! Cheers!


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External Reviews for Francis Co Shiraz

External Review
01/03/2012

I tried this wine one evening over at a friendrsquo;s house with salisbury steak. Wow! For the price, it is a steal! Diamond is sourced from several locations for specific flavor components the winemaker is interested in bringing out from the terroir. The result of his meticulous selection process is a sweet, fruit forward, very aromatic Merlot. It has a nice acidity that can cut through meat in an instant. Being aged in French oak, sweet vanilla is intermingled throughout. They blend a small amount of Syrah and Petite Sirah to give it that intense color. It is a must try with meatloaf, veal osso bucco or a black and bleu salad.


External Review
04/13/2011

Winemaker's Notes - Our Merlot combines fruit from Napa, Sonoma and Monterey. The flavors and textures unique to each region harmonize perfectly to create a wine that has dark succulent fruit balanced by natural acidity. Intense aromatics of raspberry and blueberry lead to flavors of crushed berries, vanilla and leather, which are wrapped up in a soft, smooth tannin structure.


External Review
05/23/2011

Wonderful bouquet of spice and raspberry that climbs from your ink colored glass. The tannins will grip early on soon yielding to characteristics of sweet blackberries and currants along with mild pepper and just a hint of smokiness.


External Review
05/23/2011

Powerful and dramatic, with expansive aromas ranging from concentrated, slightly jammy blackberry fruits to scents of white pepper, bound with sweet toasty oak. The palate is soft and supple with fleshy dense fruit. It finishes with round, luscious tannins.


External Review
05/22/2011

Boasts a deep purple color and enticing aromas of ripe blueberry, currant, and spice. The palate offers succulent flavors of dark juicy plums, crushed blackberry, and eucalyptus, while a small addition of Syrah adds just a hint of warm spice. Careful aging in small French oak barrels provides a backdrop of sweet vanilla, followed by round, luxurious tannins.


External Review
08/27/2011

Auge: Dichte, granatrote Robe; Nase: Intensive Himbeer-, Erdbeer- und Gewürznelkenaromen; Gaumen: Duftnoten von Waldbeeren, Gewürznelken, geröstetem Eichenholz und Vanille


External Review
09/11/2010

Intense plum and clove aromas are the friendly greeting from our Green Label Syrah-Shiraz. Made from grapes grown in Paso Robles and Monterey, this concentrated and complex wine has soft tannins, and blackberry and boysenberry flavors layered with notes of smoky bacon, sweet vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate.


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Tasting Notes:

A vibrant California Merlot, displaying luscious plum and red raspberry flavors.

Wine Tasting Notes The Sofia Rose exudes aromas of fresh strawberries and rose petals. Bright and lively, this wine offers generous flavors of juicy black cherry, raspberry and kiwi fruit while being dry and refreshing on the palate.

Notes: 11 months French and American oak


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