Francis Coppola Directors Cut
" Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms that are very important in the development of California. They both start with raw ingredients—in the case of wine, the land and the grapes, and in the case of film, the script and the actors’ performances. The winemaker takes these raw materials and ferments and blends. He says yes to the batch, no to that one. The director does the same thing: a series of yeses and nos, from casting and costuming to edits and sound mixes. In both cases you have to start with top notch raw materials—whether it’s the land or a script." Francis Ford Coppola

Director's Cut 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Filmmaking and Winemaking Intersect in Sonoma

In the film business, the “Director’s Cut” emerged as a means for filmmakers to present their own creative vision of a story. At the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut wines were created as a way for wine “director” Corey Beck to craft wines that would reflect his own unique interpretation of the quintessential Sonoma wine. Corey’s vision for Director’s Cut embraces appellation-specific sourcing, meticulous fruit selection, and numerous blending trials so that our wines capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma’s microclimates in a highly refined style well-suited to fine cuisine and premium wine lists.

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£24.99 per bottle / £299.88 per case of 12, all prices include VAT

Alexander Valley

This appellation experiences two distinct climates due to the long, narrow shape of the region. The southern part of the valley is the first area to receive the fog from the coast, and is therefore cooler than the north, which doesn’t experience these marine influences and cooler ambient temperatures until evening. Despite the temperature differential, the bordering mountain range acts as an impermeable layer to these climatic influences and traps weather conditions within the valley. As the growing season progresses, the temperature gradient continues fluidly with onshore and offshore flows occurring. The other characteristic that makes Alexander Valley special is its soil diversity. The are red volcanic soils with high shale content on the eastern hillsides, alluvial gravel fans on the valley floor, and steep slopes of rocky clay loam in the western region. We source our Cabernet Sauvignon from several diverse sites to create a more complex wine.

Vintage Profile

2012 delivered excellent weather conditions to create an outstanding vintage. Steady, moderate temperatures carried on throughout the summer free of heat spikes or rain at harvest time so that when we picked the fruit, it had great concentration, perfect balance, and complex aromas and flavors, with spice nuances being particularly flamboyant.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Cabernet Sauvignon showed a beautiful degree of richness and structure this vintage because of the season’s excellent weather. We added small amounts of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot to enrich the complexity of the fruit profile. Full-bodied with sturdy tannins, deep, layered fruit character, and a lushness on the palate, our 2012 Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a mélange of red and black berry flavors, cherries, cassis, notes of lavender, and a broad range of spices and toasted oak. Will show best with a few years of aging, but can be enjoyed now after an hour or two of decanting.

Corey Beck Winemaker