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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 County Zinfandel

History

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 four 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.

Vintage

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. As a result of the ideal conditions, our Zinfandel demonstrates exquisite flavors and great structure.

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

Winemaker's Notes

This year’s Zinfandel was sourced from a broad range of vineyards we like for their expressive character. We also added a touch of Petite Sirah to the blend this year for added weight. The grapes were grown in Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley, regions that experience warm daytime temperatures and contrasting cool nighttime temperatures. These temperature differentials prevent the fruit from developing overly ripe flavors, allowing the true varietal character to express itself, rather than get syrupy, raisin-like flavors that mask the briary red fruits, pepper and spice notes the grape is known for.

Corey Beck Winemaker