Francis Coppola Drectors 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 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

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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£21.99 per bottle / £263.88 per case of 12, all prices include VAT

Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley climate is shaped by a regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. Much like the tide, the fog ebbs and flows, arriving in the evening, cooling the area down from its daytime high temperature by as much as 35 to 40 degrees, and retreating the following morning. This natural air conditioning allows Chardonnay grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season—often 15 to 20 percent longer than neighboring areas—while retaining their all-important natural acidity. We source our Chardonnay grapes from a mixture of well-drained soils, including sandy loam, clay, and alluvial gravel. All tend to yield low crops levels, but each imparts unique characteristics, which when blended together create wines with tremendous complexity.

Vintage Profile

2012 was an excellent vintage across California because of steady, moderate temperatures that persisted throughout summer. With the good weather, our Chardonnay developed intense spice aromatics, great concentration and luscious, well-balanced fruit flavors.

Winemaker's Notes

We crush our Russian River Chardonnay whole-cluster and then ferment entirely in French oak barrels to achieve a rich wine with a spicy finish and creamy mouthfeel. Our 2012 Director’s Cut Chardonnay boasts a dazzling fragrance of tropical fruits, peaches and allspice followed by opulent flavors of spiced pears, juicy pineapple, and tangerine. Full-bodied and impeccably balanced, the fruit infused crème brulee finish makes for a dramatic finale.

Corey Beck, Winemaker