Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA 2017

Francis Ford Coppola, Directors’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA, 2017 is opaque garnet red in the glass.  Intense aromas hit the nose with dark cherry, cassis, cigar box and lightly toasted oak and cinnamon.  That palate is greeted with mouth puckering tannins with flavors of tart cherry, juicy wild strawberry, currants, dark chocolate and some smoky oak.  The Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema is a big juicy wine that fills the palate.  The tannins start strong and remain firm but more forgiving as the wine opens up.  The finish has a pleasing tart finish and brings the wine full circle.

The Director’s Cut Cinema is a blend of grapes and regions of Sonoma County, 51% Zinfandel sourced from Dry Creek Valley, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander with Petite Syrah making up the final 3%.  After blending the wine is aged for 12 months in French Oak with 20% in new French barrels. Francis Ford California is Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery.

Of course Francis Ford Coppola was the director of the iconic “Godfather” trilogy.  The Coppola Cinema begs for a feast of meats surrounded by family.  Sweet and hot sausages, meatballs simmered in sauce, steaks pan seared with onions, green peppers and garlic all served with crusty loaves of Italian bread.

One interesting note about the Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut series is the label.  Each label features a different Zoetrope, a strip of pictures that plays and imitates a moving picture.  The Zoetropes date back to the 19thcentury and are recreations of Zoetropes in Francis Ford Coppola’s personal collection.

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