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Hypatia Rubi Amaro

Hypatia was a renowned teacher of philosophy in 4th century Egypt, but her lessons conflicted with the rise of Christianity. Blamed for inciting leaders who favored the ancient wisdoms over religious rule, Hypatia was beaten to death and her works were burned. 

Hypatia was a renowned teacher of philosophy in 4th century Egypt, but her lessons conflicted with the rise of Christianity. Blamed for inciting leaders who favored the ancient wisdoms over religious rule, Hypatia was beaten to death and her works were burned. 

Daughter of Theon of Alexandria, this inspiring mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher is honored with a liqueur crafted from classic bitters of herbs, flowers, roots, and citrus peels, distilled with pure spring water from our Napa Valley Estate, and made from an 1800s formulation, still colored by carmine red. 

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Hypatia was a renowned teacher of philosophy in 4th century Egypt, but her lessons conflicted with the rise of Christianity. Blamed for inciting leaders who favored the ancient wisdoms over religious rule, Hypatia was beaten to death and her works were burned. In honor of this inspiring mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher we have crafted a liqueur made from classic bitters of herbs, flowers, roots, and citrus peels, distilled with pure spring water from our Napa Valley Estate, and made from an 1800s formulation, still colored by carmine red.

While our full ingredient list is under lock and key, we will share a few ingredients, along with some of their traditionally held benefits. 

Wormwood
Helps to aide digestive problems, treats fever, depression and muscle pain. The most bitter of all plants, it is said to have hallucinogenic properties and therefore tightly controlled.

Gentian
Stimulates liver function and improves digestion process. Works to relieve heartburn. 

Bitter Orange Peels
Used for an upset stomach and to aid exercise performance. 

Cochineal Beetle
Used for an upset artificially colored. The red pigment is extracted from the bodies of female cochineal beetles that are found on cacti. 

Pinot Noir Stems
We could not resist brining in our very own Alexander Valley Clone #777 Pinot Noir stems. 

Nose 
Lemon peel, orange blossom, sweet marjoram and summer savory thyme, savory toasted Japanese mushrooms, sweet pomegranate and cranberry compote, clove baking spices, pine nut and sweet star anise.

Taste
Bitter blood orange peel entry, lemon verbena floral lift, maraschino cherry, orange black tea spice, savory mushroom and toasted walnut weight fillings out the mouth, crisp red endive and woody grape stalk finish. 

The Family Coppola are lovers not only of wine, but spirits as well. In fact, when the family gathers, the custom is to have a cocktail, or two, before dinner. They hope to bring even more joy to cocktail enthusiasts everywhere by crafting a collection of spirits as unique and remarkable as the women they honor. All of our spirits are crafted in a style that reflects the individual character of these trailblazers, and are proofed with pristine water from our Napa Valley Estate.

“We all know well the great men of history, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar & Napoleon and so on. I can think of as many women who distinguished themselves at that level in the fields of politics, science, mathematics and philosophy. So my choices & reasons are very personal.”
– Francis Ford Coppola

"You know why we don't hear about famous women in history? Because the history books were written by men."
– Eleanor Coppola

Natalie Dale

Natalie Dale became the Distiller for Great Women Spirits, part of The Family Coppola, through an untraditional route. For years she packed her bags to travel the world from grape harvest to grape harvest, working in renowned places such as Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. She was inspired to become a winemaker and move back to her roots in northern California. Eventually she found herself at home with Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County.

With over 13 years of winemaking experience, she decided to broaden her skill set into the world of distilling. She turned to Moonshine University and attended an intensive course taught by 40 industry experts. In 2018, upon completion of the course, The Family Coppola named her the Distiller for the Great Women Spirits collection. In this role, she creates small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits that are as unique and remarkable as the women honored on each label. 

This opportunity propelled Dale to seek out other women in the distilling community and became one of the few pioneering members of the Women's Distillery Guild in the United States. "The people in this industry have charmed me with their warmth and unimpeded access of knowledge and skills", says Dale. "I hope to give back by inspiring other women to pursue distilling." 

Dale is currently studying for her Masters in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University of Scotland. When she is not studying, she enjoys yoga, hiking, ceramics, sea kayaking, and traveling every chance she gets. 

Bitters are incredibly complex products to make, requiring precision, patience, and an excellent palate. Hypatia includes nearly 20 different botanicals ranging from savory to sweet. Each addition must be carefully considered and executed in order to achieve overall balance. 

We start the process with a maceration of all botanicals in a wheat-based spirit. A portion of this maceration is then saved to be blended back into a distillate from the remaining spirit. Maceration provides Hypatia with its bold and bitter backbone while the distillate allows us to capture more of the aromatic and subtle qualities from our raw materials. This mixture is then finely filtered before adding organic cane sugar and cochineal for authentic carmine coloring. 

Our Water is Special in So Many Ways

Our Rubi Amaro is proofed with Napa Valley spring water from the Coppola family's estate at Inglenook. Located at the base of the extinct Mount St. John volcano, the water is naturally filtered through lava rock high in carbon, a natural and efficient filter. 

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