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Francis Ford Coppola Director's Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2015

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Vintage: In 2015, mild winter conditions led to one of the earliest recorded budbreaks. The vintage produced an early harvest and lighter than average crop of small berries. This resulted in wellconcentrated, fragrant fruit. By August, we started harvesting our Pinot Noir, delighted with its quality level and rich, expressive character. Winemaker Notes: Director’s Pinot Noir is blended from several different Russian River Valley vineyards. Some of the parcels give us fruit that offers spice and earth nuances while other vineyards we use produce fruit that has more density and richness. Combined, the wine takes on all of these traits leading to increased complexity. In the cellar, we use open-top fermenters and daily punch downs to extract color and flavor. When fermentation is complete, the wine is aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak. Tasting Notes: The 2015 Director’s Pinot Noir offers a bright, sexy fragrance reminiscent of strawberries, black cherries, raspberries and spiced wood. The lush, silky palate offers a bit more body than you might find with other vintages and shows very good balance. Flavors of sour cherry, plums, blackberries, and anise are seamlessly integrated with oak to enhance the varietal’s natural spice notes. A lovely drinking experience all on its own, and delicious paired with dishes such as grilled lamb chops, salmon, or creamy mushroom fettucine. Alcohol: 13.5%

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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 Francis Ford Coppola Director's Pinot Noir Sonoma County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/23/2018

Vintage: In 2015, mild winter conditions led to one of the earliest recorded budbreaks. The vintage produced an early harvest and lighter than average crop of small berries. This resulted in wellconcentrated, fragrant fruit. By August, we started harvesting our Pinot Noir, delighted with its quality level and rich, expressive character. Winemaker Notes: Director’s Pinot Noir is blended from several different Russian River Valley vineyards. Some of the parcels give us fruit that offers spice and earth nuances while other vineyards we use produce fruit that has more density and richness. Combined, the wine takes on all of these traits leading to increased complexity. In the cellar, we use open-top fermenters and daily punch downs to extract color and flavor. When fermentation is complete, the wine is aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak. Tasting Notes: The 2015 Director’s Pinot Noir offers a bright, sexy fragrance reminiscent of strawberries, black cherries, raspberries and spiced wood. The lush, silky palate offers a bit more body than you might find with other vintages and shows very good balance. Flavors of sour cherry, plums, blackberries, and anise are seamlessly integrated with oak to enhance the varietal’s natural spice notes. A lovely drinking experience all on its own, and delicious paired with dishes such as grilled lamb chops, salmon, or creamy mushroom fettucine. Alcohol: 13.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 08/24/2016

Vintage: 2013 was one of the best vintages California has experienced in the last 40 years. There was very little rain that year and temperatures never got excessively warm for any period of time, which allowed the fruit to ripen slowly over a long growing season. In the wake of ideal weather, our Pinot Noir developed tremendous concentration, profuse aromatics and a velvety palate that offers optimal balance. Winemaker Notes: This stellar Pinot Noir is made from a blend of Carneros and Sonoma Coast fruit. By blending fruit from two different microclimates we achieve greater depth and complexity. Our Carneros fruit comes from a vineyard planted to the Swan clone, which contributes bright acidity and smooth tannins along with nutmeg and tobacco aromas. Our Sonoma Coast fruit, on the other hand, offers a lifted fruit fragrance and flavors of raspberries and cherries. The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours to retain vibrancy and daily punch downs in open-top fermenters occurred for color and flavor extraction. Aging took place in French and Hungarian oak barrels for a period of six months. Tasting Notes: Endowed with the sophistication and precision of an exceptional vintage, our 2013 Director’s Pinot Noir offers an alluring fragrance of cherries, strawberries, and raspberries along with pervasive scents of spice and toffee. First impressions boast lush, juicy berry nuances while soft, round tannins frame vibrant flavors of cranberry, nutmeg, and coriander. The wine’s bright acidity and modest alcohol level help lengthen the finish where lingering notes of cherry and spicy oak unfold. Enjoy with grilled salmon, herb encrusted pork tenderloin, or mushroom risotto. Alcohol: 13.6%



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