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Francis Ford Coppola Eleanor 2011
2011 experienced a long growing season because of chilly spring temperatures and heavy rains that delayed bud break. These weather conditions significantly reduced our yields, but having less fruit allowed us to achieve deeply concentrated fruit with layers of complexity.
The 2011 Eleanor delivers rich, decadent flavors that are textural, aromatic and enduring. Aged for 2 years in barrel, the wine's tannins are integrated but still deliver a solid grip that's offset by a velvety palate and very pure fruit expressions. Enjoy a fragrant nose of cherries, blackberries, cloves and cedar followed by succulent flavors of raspberries and cassis. Spice and earth notes are prevalent with impressions of leather, minerals, pepper, and graphite underscoring a trace of floral. For immediate enjoyment decant several hours before serving, or cellar 3-5 years to experience this wine at its fullest.
Blend: 36% Zinfandel–Rutherford; 15% Petit Verdot–Rutherford;2% Cabernet Franc–Rutherford; 30% Cabernet Sauvignon–Alexander Valley; 17% Petite Sirah–Alexander Valley
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."
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.
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.