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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
83% Merlot, 135 Petit Sirah 2% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot.
With Merlot, the objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but
soft, smooth tannins. We find that sourcing fruit from several different appellations
works best to give us a Merlot that exudes multiple layers of flavor and a nice
seductive texture. We also blend in small amounts of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Petit
Verdot to achieve a richer color. Grapes that come from Napa provide weight, sweet
fruit flavors and the intense aromatics of fresh berries, while the Sonoma fruit
contributes natural acidity to create more balance and finesse. Monterey County
grapes provide concentration; a result of the well-drained sandy loam soils that
characterize the region.
2008 was a challenging vintage that delivered a very small crop as a result of spring
frost that devastated many of the vines. In fact, some vineyards lost 50% of their fruit.
The upside to having fewer grape clusters is the aromatics become more profound
and flavors more concentrated and complex. Rich, fruity and elegantly textured this
wine delivers soft, velvety tannins, and a touch of oak from barrel aging. Diamond
Collection Merlot pairs beautifully with herb-crusted lamb chops, marinated flat iron
steak, and creamy bleu cheeses.
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...Read More About Francis Ford Coppola
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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