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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Francis Ford Coppola Votre Sante Chardonnay 2009
Francis Ford Coppola Votre Sante Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 110682)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Votre Santé wines pay tribute to Francis Coppola's paternal grandmother, Maria Zasa, who would toast with the traditional French phrase, ‘à votre santé,' each time she raised her glass. In her honor, we created a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, France's two classic Burgundian varietals, in a delicate style that makes them perfect pleasures you can enjoy on any occasion.

We start with fruit selections chosen for their aromatic properties and flavor intensity. Our Votre Santé Chardonnay is crafted using a split fermentation technique, where half of the fruit is fermented in oak and half is fermented in stainless steel. This method produces the perfect degree of richness and spice nuances from the wood so the wine has body and character, but also derives a good balance of ripe, expressive fruit. Since we believe wine is best enjoyed with a delicious meal and the company of good friends, we craft our Chardonnay in a foodfriendly style that has a moderate level of natural acidity. Finally, a small percentage of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation to create a luscious mouthfeel. All of these efforts produce a wine with succulent fruit, a light buttery texture and just a kiss of toasted oak.

Our 2009 Votre Santé Chardonnay offers an elegant balance of ripe, mouthwatering fruit, bright citrus notes and a creamy finish. The alluring scent of honeysuckle, pears and cinnamon is followed by impressions of summer melons, yellow apples, tangerine and vanilla ice cream.

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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."