Named after the version of a film which most reflects the director's vision, Director's Cut wines represent our winemaker's vision of varietal wines, which express true appellation character
In the film business, the “Director’s Cut” emerged as a means for filmmakers to present their own creative vision of a story. At Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut wines were created as a way for our winemakers to craft wines that would reflect their own unique interpretation of the quintessential Sonoma wine.
The last couple of vintages have seen a return to classic seasonal patterns, where a cold rainy winter prepares the vines for warm temperatures later. In 2018, precipitation carried on into spring, extending the growing period several weeks past the preceding year. There were also fewer heat spikes this season, allowing the fruit to ripen at a nice steady pace, and providing slightly larger yields of very well-balanced fruit.
Alexander Valley is a long, narrow appellation with two distinct climates and a variety of soil compositions, including volcanic soils on the eastern hillsides, rocky clay loam at the western edge, and alluvial gravel on the valley floor. The southern portion of the appellation nearest the coast is cooler, while vineyards in the northern part of the appellation are warm during the day, yet chilly in the evening. We source our Cabernet Sauvignon from several sites, each contributing unique flavor characteristics.
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15 months in French and American oak; 40% new oak.