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.
£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.
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.
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.