To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apocalypse Now, we created a wine that’s as bold and exciting as the film
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apocalypse Now, we created a wine that’s as bold and exciting as the film.
It was the movie that almost wasn’t. Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 award-winning masterpiece has gone down in history as one of cinema’s most challenging productions. The movie was scheduled to shoot for 12 weeks but ended up taking 16 months to film. Despite its numerous setbacks, Francis managed to produce a film that is heralded as one of the top 100 movies of all time. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apocalypse Now, we created a wine that’s as bold and exciting as the film.
The 2016 vintage offers good tannin development, flavor complexity, and richness. Our varietal selections were cold soaked after harvest for a deeper extraction and then fermented separately in barrel. One of the most striking features of Apocalypse Now is its savage, earthy aromas. Briary berries are layered between notes of tobacco, nutmeg, forest floor, and seasoned wood. Richly textured with supple tannins, the palate reveals velvety flavors of cassis and wild raspberries, notes of violets, and vibrant spice nuances of cloves and peppercorns. This wine is beautifully balanced with a long, decadent finish.
The majority of the fruit for this year’s Apocalypse Now blend is Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, an appellation that has a variety of microclimates. By sourcing grapes from several sites and blending in small amounts of Petit Verdot and Merlot, we have achieved a rich, full-bodied wine that offers ripe succulent fruits, earthy nuances, and fragrant spice notes.
2016 experienced a traditional season where a cold, wet winter preceded prolonged summer heat. This allowed the fruit to develop excellent flavor concentration and ripe tannins. Harvest was spread out over many weeks, creating a slow pace that let the winemaking team devote more attention to each batch of fruit. This extra care is reflected in the exceptional quality of the wine