Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Russian River, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Using Russian River fruit, we crush the grapes whole-cluster and ferment entirely in French oak barrels to produce a wine with a seductive, round texture and notes of sweet vanilla. Not only does this technique create a lavish character, it works to highlight the green apple, honeysuckle, and citrus flavors, which are the hallmark of Russian River vineyards.
"A very interesting Chardonnay, and easily worth the price. It was fermented in new French oak, which gives it a creamy, smoky richness, while the underlying fruit flavors are ripe and rewarding, suggesting pineapples, Asian pears, green apples and Meyer lemons. A beautiful, complex and balanced wine. Editors' Choice."
"Fragrant and fresh, this chardonnay has a leafy, minty edge to the fruit. While barrel-fermented, it barely shows its oak, feeling balance and substantial enough to serve with fluke sashimi."
Wine & Spirits
pairs perfectly with shrimp :)
Rich & Creamy
Salmon > Grilled
Was impressed by the smooth flavor and buttery notes on this wine.
Well balanced, full bodied Chard., where butterscotch seemed to dominate. I enjoyed it quite a bit, despite it being ever-so-slightly sweet.
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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...
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The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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