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 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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 micro-climates in a highly refined style well-suited to fine cuisine and premium wine lists.

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£22.99 per bottle / £275.88 per case of 12, all prices include VAT

Dry Creek Valley

There are two techniques for growing Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley. One consists of traditional farming practices and includes the dry-farming of mature vines that are head-trained, spur-pruned, and severely thinned in the spring to produce low yields. The other method utilizes bilateral cordon spur-pruning, on- wire trellising, drop irrigation, and carefully manicured canopies. We source our Zinfandel grapes from bench lands and hillsides, vineyards that are farmed both ways. The combination produces fruit with intensely concentrated flavor.

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, optimal balance, wonderful spice aromas and complex flavors.

Winemaker's Notes

One of the things that make this Zinfandel unique is the liberal amount of Petite Sirah added to the blend to enhance structure and complexity. We used a combination of French and American oak, favoring an American cooper that imparts a nice mocha-espresso nuance that blends well with our wine. The 2012 Director’s Cut Zinfandel delivers ample body and a velvety palate with a bouquet of blackberries, raspberries, clove and pepper followed by succulent flavors of cherries, mixed berries and mocha.

Corey Beck Winemaker