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Francis Coppola-Sofia-Rose' Napa Sparkling Wines-Domestic 2006

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We chose to make a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than blend in other varietals so that we could create a real terroir wine with pure varietal flavor. As a result, the Directors Cut Cabernet delivers enticing aromas of cola, cherry, and eucalyptus before revealing dark, rich berries, cassis and black cherries, which is typical of fruit grown in the illustrious Alexander Valley. Well seasoned for 24 months in new and used French oak, the tannins have a delightfully velvet-like texture, partly because of the barrel aging but also from the incredible ripeness achieved this vintage. Together, they make this wine a smooth, decadent experience even when young.

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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
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Member Reviews for Francis Coppola-Sofia-Rose' Napa Sparkling Wines-Domestic

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Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
4.50 5
12/07/2009

This wine was better than I expected. Very balanced, full but still harmonious, great finish, excellent with food. Maybe I underestimated Mr. Coppola. ;-)


Snooth User: judgelog
34584867
4.00 5
08/22/2008

Big fruit, nicely balanced with a fair amount of oak. Very concentrated with a big nose. I really enjoyed this cab.


Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
725240651
3.50 5
08/22/2011

I had heard some bad reviews about this wine, but it surprised me. Not the best I have tasted, but it was pretty good. I didnt think it deserved the bad reviews it recieved


Snooth User: seadevi
84458115
3.50 5
03/25/2009

A smooth but complex merlot - a bit pricier than others of this type. From the tasting notes: "Deep garnet color with aromas of bright red cherries and clove spice. Supple red plum and black cherry flavors highlight the palate, with subtle notes of light milk chocolate and vanilla bean evident on the long finish."


Snooth User: rob142
4434225
3.50 5
04/02/2010

Dense, opaque crimson. Highly, but not overly extracted. The relatively high alcohol (14.1%) is not overbearing. Jammy red currant on the front end is countered by pepper and spice on the back end. A fair finish. We decanted it and it seemed to open further after an hour or so. Reasonably well balanced. A surprisingly good value.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
07/01/2009

Chewey and medicinal


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
03/02/2009

Like this a lot. Boysenberry and cherry aromas, echoed in the flavors with a lot of black pepper in the midpalate. Spicy finish of allspice and clove. Some smoke. Very good, well-balanced Zin.


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External Reviews for Francis Coppola-Sofia-Rose' Napa Sparkling Wines-Domestic

External Review
07/24/2009

With Merlot the objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but soft, smooth tannins. We find that sourcing fruit from several different appellations works best to give us a Merlot which exudes multiple layers of flavors and a nice seductive texture. grapes that come from Napa provide weight, sweet fruit flavors and the intense romatics of fresh berries in our wine. Sonoma fruit contributes natural acidity to create more balance and finesse. Monterey County grapes provide concentration, which is the result of the well-drained sandy loam soils that characterize the region. The 2006 vintage is special because it marks the first year we made our Diamond Collection wines at our new home in Sonoma County. The Coppola family purchased the Sonoma winery in March, making it possible for us to crush right here on the premises when harvest was upon us. Having our very own winemaking facility not only heightens the quality of our wines, it fills us with a sense of pride and accomplishment, and fulfills our longtime goal of being able to give our hallmark Diamond wines a home.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Blue Label Merlot 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 the small addition of Syrah adds just a hint of warm spice. Careful aging in small French oak barrels provides a back drop of sweet vanilla, followed by round, luxurious tannins.


External Review
03/13/2009

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External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Diamond Series Cabernet displays a rich color, intense aromatics, and an exceptional concentration of flavors that linger on the finish.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesWe chose to make a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than blend in other varietals so that we could create a real terroir wine with pure varietal flavor. As a result, the Directors Cut Cabernet delivers enticing aromas of cola, cherry, and eucalyptus before revealing dark, rich berries, cassis and black cherries, which is typical of fruit grown in the illustrious Alexander Valley. Well seasoned for 24 months in new and used French oak, the tannins have a delightfully velvet-like texture, partly because of the barrel aging but also from the incredible ripeness achieved this vintage. Together, they make this wine a smooth, decadent experience even when young.


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
12/22/2008

Our Blue Label Merlot has brilliant, deep garnet color with aromas of bright red cherries and clove spice. Supple red plum and black cherry flavors highlight the palate, with subtle notes of light milk chocolate and vanilla bean evident on the long finish.


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We chose to make a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than blend in other varietals so that we could create a real terroir wine with pure varietal flavor. As a result, the Directors Cut Cabernet delivers enticing aromas of cola, cherry, and eucalyptus before revealing dark, rich berries, cassis and black cherries, which is typical of fruit grown in the illustrious Alexander Valley. Well seasoned for 24 months in new and used French oak, the tannins have a delightfully velvet-like texture, partly because of the barrel aging but also from the incredible ripeness achieved this vintage. Together, they make this wine a smooth, decadent experience even when young.

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