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Francis Ford Coppola Eleanor 2010

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    14.4% ABV
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    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, 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."

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    Encompassing the grape-growing regions located north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Napa and Sonoma get all of the attention, but there are a few other counties producing great wine in Northern California. Two notable examples are Mendocino and Lake County, the northernmost winegrowing regions in the state. These AVAs are very different, both from their neighbors to the south and from one another.

    Mendocino benefits from the cooling fog of the Pacific Ocean and is able to successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There is a significant focus here on organic viticulture. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc are the dominant varieties. Both regions are excellent sources of high-quality but affordable California wines in a wide range of styles.

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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 create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. 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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