Francis Ford Coppola Eleanor 2016
Full-bodied and explosive on the palate, the 2016 Eleanor offers decadence and impressive depth. A warm, spicy fragrance heady with scents of leather, tobacco, cocoa, and wild berries is followed by succulent impressions of plums, black cherries, and anise. The wine’s richness carries through to the finish, where intriguing notes of lavender and minerals appear. This vintage will continue to evolve in the bottle for another 3-5 years if you have the patience.
Blend: 49% Sonoma County Syrah; 38% Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine pairs well with Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese Butter, Slow Cooker Beef with Pasta & Porcini, Braised Beef Short Ribs with Pancetta & Crimini Mushrooms.
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."
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, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of 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.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.