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Director's Cut Pinot Noir 2017

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Thrilling award winner

Boasts tremendous fragrance and supple tannins

Retail: $29.00
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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 Russian River Valley climate is defined by a regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. Much like the tide, the fog ebbs and flows, arriving each evening, cooling the area down from its daytime temperatures by as much as 35 to 40 degrees. This natural air conditioning provides for an extended growing season where the grapes mature slowly for optimal development and maintain a good level of natural acidity. The Russian River Valley’s loam and alluvial soil compositions create a very rich and fragrant Pinot Noir that offers pronounced floral notes and a distinct earthy character. 


Vintages of nearly a decade ago, where a cold and 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 reaches maturity a week or two apart. When harvest is paced like this, winemakers are able to devote more attention to each batch of fruit. The result of harvest was beautiful flavor concentration and very high-quality fruit. After the grapes were pressed, the juice was placed into open-top fermenters and punched down several times a day for extraction. 


Our Director’s Cut Pinot Noir offers a rich voluptuous texture, tremendous fragrance, and supple tannins. Exotic spice notes of cinnamon, cloves, and tea leaves are accentuated by wood nuances, which resulted from our use of new French oak barrels. This rendition also boasts pretty floral characteristics reminiscent of roses and more red fruits than past vintages, with alluring impressions of red cherries, wild strawberries, and pomegranate.   

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.2%

Total Acid: .55g/100ml

pH: 3.75

Barrel Regimen: 7.5 months French oak

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