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Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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A complex and textured wine

Excellent flavor concentration

Retail: $32.00
Member Price $24.00
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Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms that are very important in the development of California. They both start with raw ingredients—in the case of wine, the land and the grapes, and in the case of film, the script and the actors’ performances. The winemaker takes these raw materials and ferments and blends. He says yes to the batch, no to that one. The director does the same thing: a series of yeses and nos, from casting and costuming to edits and sound mixes. In both cases you have to start with top notch raw materials—whether it’s the land or a script.”— Francis Ford Coppola

FILMMAKING AND WINEMAKING INTERSECT IN SONOMA

In the film business, the “Director’s Cut” emerged as a means for filmmakers to present their own creative vision of a story. At the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut wines were created as a way for wine “director” Corey Beck to craft wines that would reflect his own unique interpretation of the quintessential Sonoma wine. Corey’s vision for Director’s Cut embraces appellation-specific sourcing, meticulous fruit selection, and numerous blending trials so that our wines capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma’s microclimates in a highly refined style, well-suited to fine cuisine and premium wine lists.

ALEXANDER VALLEY

This long, narrow shaped appellation possesses two distinct climates and a variety of soil compositions, including red volcanic rock, alluvial gravel, and clay loam. The southern portion, which is closer to the coast, is blanketed by fog that creates a natural air conditioning in the late afternoon. The northern part of the appellation isn’t affected by marine conditions until the evening, so the grapes here ripen faster. By combining fruit selections from both the north and south, we are able to create a complex and textured wine.

VINTAGE PROFILE

2016 could be characterized as a traditional growing season where cold, wet winter weather prepared the vines for good yields and prolonged the maturation period. Because the vines had extra hangtime, the fruit developed excellent flavor concentration and riper tannins.

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of intriguing kirsch, anise, lavender, and graphite, enhance luscious flavors of cassis, blackberry, tobacco, and mocha.

Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and Melbec, 2% Merlot

Alcohol: 14.3%

Barrel Regimen: 16 months in French oak, 40% new barrels

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