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Date Printed: 7/24/2016
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Petite Sirah 2011
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Petite Sirah 2011
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PRICE ON 7/24/2016: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Grown in various warm weather regions throughout California, including Lodi, Paso Robles, and Dry Creek Valley, Petite Sirah is one of the most intense red varietals in terms of color and tannin, which is why it's frequently used as a blending grape to add pigment or phenols. The varietal also produces small berries in tight clusters; a factor that contributes to its concentration. To avoid extracting too much tannin from our fruit, we press the grapes very gently in order to achieve a more delicate style of wine that doesn't need years in the cellar.

After a frigid spring, moderate temperatures persisted throughout the 2011 growing season, delaying harvest until very late in the fall. This extra time on the vines allowed the fruit to develop profuse aromatics and deeper flavor concentration because the maturation process was slow, making this year's Petite Sirah wonderfully fragrant and very layered in flavor. The palate is lush with plenty of rich fruit and exotic spices.

Tasting Profile
Appearance: Deep purple
Aromas: Berries, currants, cloves and lavender
Flavors: Plums, cherries, cocoa, and vanilla toasted oak

Blend: 90% Petite Sirah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot

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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."