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Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Chardonnay 2009
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.
Editorial Reviews for Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Chardonnay
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
Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10
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.
Nice medium-body Chardonnay best tasted at slightly under room temperature.
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
Lush pineapple, orange marmalade and Granny Smith apple flavors, concluding in a light, buttery finish.
The colour is golden sunshine with aromas of tropical fruit mingling with pears. On the palate cantaloupe, crisp apple, and oak with a subtlehint of vanilla and creme brulee on the finish.
Winemaker Notes - Using only Russian River Valley fruit, we crush the grapes whole-cluster and ferment entirely in French oak barrels to produce a wine with a seductive, round texture and notes of sweet vanilla. This technique also serves to highlight the green apple, honeysuckle and citrus flavors, which are the hallmark of Russian River vineyards.
Appearance Golden yellowAromas Apples, ginger, and honeysuckleFlavors Tropical fruit, melon, vanilla and cream
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.
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.
Food Pairings for Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Chardonnay
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.
Aged in French Oak.
Notes: 10 months in 50% new French oak, 50 %1-year-old oak barrels
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