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Francis Coppola Reserve Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2017

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Exotic bouquet aromas, with a rich and creamy palate

Lavish finish that's particularly appealing

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FRANCIS COPPOLA RESERVE

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.

DUTTON RANCH, JEWELL VINEYARD

This is the third vintage in a row we’ve produced a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay from
the Jewell Vineyard. This exceptional fruit is the product of meticulously farmed vines
that are planted to UCD Clone 108, which is a variation of the Wente clone. This clonal
selection thrives in the Goldridge Fine Sandy Loam soils of the vineyard and benefits
from diurnal conditions where warm daytime temperatures drop nearly 40 degrees in
the evening. Not only does this allow the fruit to ripen slowly and accumulate
concentration,it helps the grapes retain more natural acidity, which is essential
to creating a complex Chardonnay.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES

The 2017 growing season began with ample precipitation that replenished the soils.
Though temperatures were warmer than normal across much of the state, the diurnal
conditions that affect Dutton Ranch allowed for a long maturation period. The fruit from this harvest was intensely fragrant and texturally rich, exhibiting richness and weight with tropical tones.

TASTING NOTES

The wine opens with an exotic bouquet of guava, tangerine, and cinnamon. Barrel
fermentation and secondary malolactic fermentation work to create a rich, creamy
palate that offers lively flavors reminiscent of pineapple upside down cake, summer
melons, and candied citrus peel. As the wine opens up, smoky notes emerge on top of
blood orange and vanilla cream, making the long, lavish finish particularly appealing.

Appellation: Dutton Ranch, Jewell Vineyard Russian River Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Barrel Regimen: 9 months in French oak; 50% new oak

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