The 2008 Sofia Rosé displays a bright pink hue and an enticing perfume of crushed raspberries, rose petals, and tea leaves. Bright and refreshing on the palate, this wine offers delicate flavors of strawberries, red cherries, ginger, and candied orange peel.
Serve it chilled, just below room temperature.
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."
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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 wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA
, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA
, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
I am a big cab person but this really hit the spot on Memorial Day weekend. I went out and bought a case! Perfect with fish or just hanging out on a hot evening. Nice strawberry, raspberry and tea rose nose. Beautifully presented. Do not serve cold or you will miss all the wonderful aromas. Let it warm up just a tad.
I found this at a local restaurant and had to have more. This vintage was not available at local liquor/wine shops, so I was happy to find it on wine.com It is a perfect summer wine. Not sweet, not exactly dry, and fruity. Lovely nose. Beautiful cherry red color. I probably shouldn't post this, because when I want to re-order it will probably be gone!!!
By far THE BEST Rose we have ever had! I hope this is never ever discontinued. Bought on a whim, now I'm hooked. Would be worth at three times the cost. Gorgeous presentation with the bottle, then the taste is tantalizing!
I am always surprised that rose is looked down upon. As far back as I can remember, rose was a warm season staple even among the most radical red wine drinkers in my family. I cannot remember a rose that I have enjoyed more than this one. It is a bit soft. However, the flavor of strawberry and golden currant come through loud and clear with no heavy alcohol after taste that is common with most Spanish and French wines of this catagory. I hope Summer lasts forever and the Francis Coppola Sofia Rose never runs out.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.