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Francis Ford Coppola Eleanor 2010

Other Red Blends from North Coast, California
    14.4% ABV
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    14.4% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Similar to Australia's famed Penfold's Grange, Eleanor is a robust red blend that combines fruit from both of the Coppola properties. We blended Syrah and Zinfandel grown in Rutherford with Dry Creek Valley Syrah and a small amount of Alexander Valley Cabernet to create a unique bottling that is very long lived with exceptional depth and complexity. The wine was fermented in open-top fermenters and punched down 3-4 times daily. It spent two years in French oak to achieve tannin refinement and integration. The sheer intensity of the fruit coupled with the wine's density makes Eleanor Red an ideal cellar selection that will reward additional aging.

    Fragrant on the nose. Dark and luscious on the palate. Our 2010 Eleanor offers a dramatic bouquet of boysenberries, plums, and anise followed by rich, succulent flavors of raspberries, cherries and dark chocolate. Notes of spice, pepper, and earthy minerals build and broaden on the finish. This vintage is textured and wellendowed with sturdy tannins that are offset by very pure fruit expressions. While it's enjoyable now with a short decanting, this wine will be even more rewarding after time in the cellar.

    Blend: 47% Syrah–Rutherford; 24% Syrah–Dry Creek Valley; 24% Zinfandel–Rutherford; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon–Alexander Valley

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    Francis Ford Coppola Winery

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    Francis Ford Coppola Winery, North Coast, 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."

    North Coast

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    Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

    Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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