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Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Chardonnay 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

We source our Chardonnay grapes from two distinct vineyards in Monterey County. One is located near the Gabilan mountain range where the sandy loam soils work to result in a higher degree of flavor concentration. The other vineyard, located in the Arroyo Seco, is positioned on the valley floor where the temperatures remain relatively cool. As a result, the fruit from this region maintains a crisp acidity. When we blend the wine from these two regions, we achieve a lovely balance and greater complexity. To craft our Chardonnay, we use a whole-cluster press and split fermentation technique where half of the fruit is fermented in French oak, and the other half is fermented in stainless steel. Additionally, we put the wine that was fermented in wood through malolactic fermentation as well, in order to achieve a lightly creamy texture. 2009* was an excellent vintage that featured light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season’s end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. As a result, this Chardonnay offers depth, richness, distinctive spice notes and a smooth, creamy texture. Diamond Collection Chardonnay pairs well with Fettuccine Alfredo, orange chicken, and pork tenderloin with peaches.

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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 Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
2.50 5
12/06/2011

Peaches and cream, apples with some spice tones and honey all comes together on the appetizing nose. This is a touch sweet on entry without sufficient acidity to brighten the palate so this remains a bit sweet right through the modest finish. Don't get me wrong, there is some acid here, and the flavors of apples, honey, and pineapple are attractive, it's just that this has no definition in the mouth and limps to a modest finish. 83pts


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: Kate Statton
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4.00 5
02/01/2012

A medium-bodied Chard with nice oak and some appley citrus flavors. Heavy and round enough to pair well with anything buttery, but not too rich on its own.


Snooth User: Helicon
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3.50 5
08/24/2011

Nice medium-body Chardonnay best tasted at slightly under room temperature.


Snooth User: Camille Evans
9151703
0.50 5
08/15/2011

Highly disappointing. Tasted cheap and brash. Smell and presentation were okay. But taste was more bitter than expected for a Riesling.


External Reviews for Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Here's a nice, bright Chardonnay that can be described as Chablisian. It's bone dry and very bright in tangy acidity, with a squirt of lime juice over Meyer lemons, pineapples and green apples. A touch of oak adds just the right note of buttered toast. Easy to find, with 73,000 cases produced.


External Review
11/16/2010

WINEMAKERS NOTES2009 was an ideal vintage for the debut release of our Chardonnay. With only light spring rain and warm summer weather free of heat spikes, the season ended with no abrupt climate changes at harvest time, which allowed the grapes to be harvested at a leisurely pace when perfectly ripe.The fruit for this wine is sourced from two cool climate appellations: Monterey and Mendocino. Both of these areas experience extended growing seasons due to mild daytime temperatures, brisk evening temperatures and a prevailing fog that rolls in off the coast. These conditions help the fruit reach optimal ripeness while retaining a crisp, natural acidity for balance.This wine has not been aged in oak or put through malolactic fermentation. This technique produces a lighter-bodied wine with more vibrancy which is ideal for pairing with a range of different foods.


External Review
05/19/2011

Hints of mineral and buttery oak dance along round apple and pear flavors. You can find adequate spice and a crisp, clean, sustained finish, all warmed by the apple pie zing of cinnamon.


External Review
08/18/2010

Our Chardonnay reflects the distinctive personality of Monterrey vineyards, which boast juicy apple, guava and melon flavors. Whole-cluster pressing and a combination of barrel and stainless steel fermentation ensures that the creamy texture and caramelized sugar finish is balanced by a crisp acidity. - Winery


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Sweet oak brings richness to the ripe apple flavors in this wine. It stays balanced through the finish, with lasting melon and spice. For roast chicken.


External Review
01/03/2012

Herersquo;s a nice, bright Chardonnay that can be described as Chablisian. Itrsquo;s bone dry and very bright in tangy acidity, with a squirt of lime juice over Meyer lemons, pineapples and green apples. A touch of oak adds just the right note of buttered toast. Easy to find, with 73,000 cases produced.


External Review
10/07/2010

This world-famous producer's Diamond Series Chardonnay shows juicy apple, guava, and melon flavors with a creamy texture.


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Tasting Notes:

Our 2009 Sofia Blanc de Blancs offers bright aromas of tangerine, peaches, and pears along with a beautiful note of honeysuckle. Light and elegant on the palate, sweet hints of tropical fruit and pineapple mingle with quince and zesty green apples.

We source our Chardonnay grapes from two distinct vineyards in Monterey County. One is located near the Gabilan mountain range where the sandy loam soils work to result in a higher degree of flavor concentration. The other vineyard, located in the Arroyo Seco, is positioned on the valley floor where the temperatures remain relatively cool. As a result, the fruit from this region maintains a crisp acidity. When we blend the wine from these two regions, we achieve a lovely balance and greater complexity. To craft our Chardonnay, we use a whole-cluster press and split fermentation technique where half of the fruit is fermented in French oak, and the other half is fermented in stainless steel. Additionally, we put the wine that was fermented in wood through malolactic fermentation as well, in order to achieve a lightly creamy texture. 2009* was an excellent vintage that featured light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season’s end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. As a result, this Chardonnay offers depth, richness, distinctive spice notes and a smooth, creamy texture. Diamond Collection Chardonnay pairs well with Fettuccine Alfredo, orange chicken, and pork tenderloin with peaches.

Aged in French Oak.

Notes: 10 months in 50% new French oak, 50 %1-year-old oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5%

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