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Director's Cut Chardonnay 2016

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Winner of fabulous awards

Richly textured with good palate density

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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 one batch, no to another. 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


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.


The climate of the Russian River Valley is greatly influenced by fog that rolls in each evening from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This marine layer cools the vineyards down from their daytime temperature by as much as 35 to 40 degrees, creating a condition that allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance. Also contributing to the complexity of the finished wine is a mixture of soil compositions, including sandy loam, clay, and alluvial gravel. Each vineyard we use imparts unique characteristics because of where it’s grown. When blended together, we get a more expressive Chardonnay.


2016 resembled vintages of nearly a decade ago where a cold, rainy winter prepared the vines for good yields. This helped prolong the season, giving the vines extra hangtime to accumulate flavor and phenolic development. Conditions were further optimized by staggered ripening, where each varietal reached maturity a week or two apart. With a slowly paced harvest, the winemaking team was able to devote more attention to each batch of fruit. The result was intense flavor concentration and very high quality fruit. In the cellar, we whole-cluster crush the fruit and ferment the juice in small French oak barrels to achieve a rich, creamy mouthfeel and heightened spice nuances.


Our 2016 Director’s Cut Chardonnay boasts a beautiful perfume of spiced pears, pineapple and crème brulee. Textural and weighty, the palate offers exquisite richness and a range of flavors that flow seamlessly from one to the next. Opening nuances of apples and melon transform into tropical flavors as the wine expands on the palate. Fragrant notes of lemon and cloves create even more allure right up to a long vibrant finish imbued with caramel vanilla from the oak barrels.

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Barrel Regimen: 7 months in French oak; 40% new, 60% 1-2 year old oak

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