Francis Coppola Directors
" What’s amazing about Sonoma County is that it’s one of only a few appellations in the world that offers a diverse range of microclimates that can accommodate both cool climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as warm weather varietals like Cabernet and Merlot." Corey Beck, Director of Winemaking

2012 Francis Coppola Director’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay


Several years ago when the Coppola family opened the doors to its wine and food destination in Sonoma County, California, the winemaking team was asked to create a series of wines that would reflect its own artistic interpretation of Sonoma County.

The winemakers decided to produce two separate collections in order to showcase Sonoma County as one of the premier wine growing regions of the world. The first—Director’s Cut—offers limited production wines that are grown in the distinct sub-appellations of Sonoma, small areas that produce specific terroir traits we like. The second—Director’s—is comprised of five classic varietals, which are grown in diverse vineyards across the entire expanse of Sonoma County.

By blending the fruit from a variety of geographic climates, we’re able to create wines that offer lush, ripe fruit flavors, a light silky texture, and soft, supple tannins. Director’s wines demonstrate Sonoma County’s unique character and style.


2012 was an excellent vintage across California because of steady, mild temperatures that persisted throughout summer. It’s certain to go down in the books as one of the best vintages of the decade. The fortuitous weather conditions helped our Chardonnay develop profuse aromatics and sweet, luscious fruit that’s perfectly balanced by crisp natural acidity.

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£18.99 per bottle / £227.88 per case of 12, all prices include VAT

Winemaker's Notes

  • Our Sonoma Coast Director’s Chardonnay is sourced from several vineyards across the appellation. Renowned for the influx of daily fog and ocean breezes, soil diversity in the region is what contributes to the complexity of these wines. Temperatures remain mild throughout the growing season yet the appellation receives more than enough sunlight hours to encourage slow ripening for more intense flavor development.
  • We harvest in the early morning to retain the fruit’s vibrant natural acidity, and then wholecluster press. The wine is barrel fermented to add richness and elicit a spiced vanilla character, and it also undergoes partial malolactic fermentation for a creamy mouthfeel.
Corey Beck Winemaker