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2016 North Coast Wine Challenge

Limited production wines showcasing the uniqueness of Sonoma County.

Francis Coppola Reserve

Russian River Valley - Dutton Ranch
Chardonnay

Gold

90 Points

2016 North Coast Wine Challenge

  • A complex and creamy Chardonnay, layered with juicy citrus flavors and a zest mineral edge.
  • This year’s Chardonnay received a 50% malolactic fermentation to enhance the creamy texture.

This vintage, we sourced our fruit from Dutton Ranch, which is located less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is comprised of more than 75 separate vineyards planted in the coolest areas of the appellation, where fog rolls in every afternoon and lowers the temperature by 30-40 degrees each evening. This climate pattern not only allows the fruit to ripen more slowly and accumulate more flavor concentration, it helps the grapes retain an ideal amount of natural acidity, which is a vital to creating complex Chardonnay

Our grapes are harvested in the early morning hours because cool temperatures ensure that the fruit retains its essential acidity. Our wine was 100% barrel fermented to achieve richness and pronounced oak nuances. To emphasize the wine’s fruit expression over time, the wine was stirred daily in these barrels during the fermentation process. Additionally, 50% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to create a lush, creamy mouthfeel. 

YEAR
2014

WINEMAKER
Corey Beck

BLEND
100% Chardonnay

ALCOHOL
14.1%

BARREL REGIMEN
9 months; 40% new French oak, 60% 1-year-old French oak.

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