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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108283)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was an excellent vintage for all California appellations. Light spring rains were followed by warm summer days and no abrupt climates changes at season's end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. The grapes we harvested were abundantly flavorful, well balanced and aromatic.

We crush our Russian River Chardonnay whole-cluster and then ferment entirely in French oak barrels to achieve a richly textured wine with a spicy finish. Director's Cut Chardonnay 2009 delivers intense aromatic impressions of guava, pineapple and honeysuckle along with a spicy vanilla bean note from aging in French oak. Luscious and full-bodied, you'll experience delicious, mouthfilling flavors of apple, peach, tangerine and clove.
Serve with pork or fish, or for picnics.

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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."