The connection between a vine and the soil it’s planted in creates the essence of a wine. Francis Coppola Reserve wines are
The connection between a vine and the soil it’s planted in creates the essence of a wine. Francis Coppola Reserve wines are vineyard-specific creations produced in limited quantities. Our winemaking team hand-selects the best lots of fruit from each vintage that capture the unique qualities of these prestigious vineyards. From these selections, we craft small-batch wines which are reserved exclusively for winery guests, Wine Family members, and those who shop with us online.
Dark garnet red in color, the 2019 Francis Coppola Reserve Pinot Noir offers aromas of wild strawberries and black cherries, with just a touch of vanilla. Soft, velvety tannins integrate with the elegant presence of strawberry, ripe cranberry, and black currant, leading to a complex and lingering finish.
Located in the Russian River Valley less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, Dutton Ranch is comprised of more than 75 separate vineyards planted in the coolest areas of the appellation. Every afternoon, fog rolls in from the coast and lowers the temperature by 30-40 degrees each evening. This climate pattern not only allows Dutton Ranch fruit to ripen more slowly and accumulate more flavor concentration, it helps the grapes retain an ideal amount of natural acidity.
2019 was the first time that California had been drought-free since 2011. Winter and spring rains provided sufficient water in the soil through midsummer, with irrigation not starting until July. The vintage provided us with a mild growing season, and an average crop, in terms of quantity. Quality, however, remained outstanding.