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Coppola "Director

Coppola Director's Zinfandel Mendocino County 2011

  • Varietal: Zinfandel
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Country: USA
  • Region: Mendocino County
  • Unit Size: 750 mL
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Francis puts it best, saying the winery is “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.”



Tasting Notes
In honor of Francis Coppola's filmmaking heritage, we bring you Director's Zinfandel, a lush, velvety wine endowed with lively flavors of cherries, berries, and plums, fragrant spices, and notes of pepper and oak.

Food Pairings
Pairs with barbecued ribs, petite filet and cheesy scalloped potatoes.

Winemaker Notes

Because Mendocino County possesses so many different microclimates and terroir variations, the virtue of our Director’s wines lies in the blending process. Our Zinfandel is made from several clonal selections grown in select vineyards that have distinctly different soil compositions, elevations, and climates. The result is dozens of lots, each with fruit that has its own personality and flavor profile. Each lot then undergoes a unique barrel regimen designed to enhance the natural characteristics of the selection during its development and aging. These lots are then blended in many trials until a perfect harmony of flavors is achieved with our master blend.


Vintage
2011 was an excellent vintage for all California appellations. Light spring rains were followed by warm summer days and no abrupt climate changes at season’s end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit at the moment of optimal ripeness. The resulting Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates extremely aromatic flavors and an impeccable balance of flavor, texture, and tannin.

History

Several years ago when the Coppola family opened the doors to their wine and food destination in Sonoma County, California, the winemaking team was asked to create a series of wines that would reflect its own artistic interpretation of Sonoma County. The winemakers decided to produce two separate collections in order to showcase Sonoma County as one of the premier wine growing regions of the world. The first – Director’s Cut – offers limited-production wines that are grown in the distinct sub-appellations of Sonoma, small areas that produce specific terroir traits we like. The second – Director’s – is comprised of four classic varietals, which are grown in diverse vineyards across the entire expanse of Sonoma County. By blending the fruit from a variety of geographic climates, we’re able to create wines that offer lush, ripe fruit flavors, a light silky texture, and soft, supple tannins. Director’s wines demonstrate Sonoma County’s unique character and style.

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