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Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    13.7% ABV
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    13.7% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Our 2011 Director's Cabernet Sauvignon offers an enticing fragrance and flavors of plums, berries, cocoa and spices with lingering notes of vanilla toasted oak. Round and ripe with supple tannins, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to a blue cheese topped burger, turkey pot pie, or spicy lentil stew.

    Because Sonoma County possesses so many different microclimates and terroir variations, the virtue of our Director's wines lies in the blending process. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is made from several clonal selections grown in multiple vineyards that have distinctly different soil compositions, elevations and climates. We also added small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah to add further complexity of flavor.

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    Francis Ford Coppola

    Francis Ford Coppola Winery

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    Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Sonoma County, California
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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 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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    A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

    While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

    The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

    Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

    The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

    The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

    Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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