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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay 1997
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay 1997
(search item no. 117)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 Chardonnay is an expressive, fruit driven wine that has a highly perfumed nose of apples, lemons and toasty oak. The evident barrel fermentation has produced very round, tropical flavors of pineapple and citrus fruits, with vanilla and oak flavors coming from the barrel itself. The addition of 5 percent Viognier adds a lifted lime scent to the aroma and flavors of mango and apricot that put a new spin on a classic Napa Valley Chardonnay. Released in its youth to show its charming fruit tones, the wine will develop added complexity with aging.
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About Francis Ford Coppola Winery:

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, re-opened in July 2010, is the latest venture from Francis Ford Coppola, whose passion for wine, food and adventure is nowhere more evident than in this new production – a winery resort located in the heart of Alexander Valley, California. Among the many attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

Francis puts it best, saying the winery is meant to be "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."