Named after the version of a film which most reflects the director's vision, Director's Cut wines represent our winemaker's vision of varietal wines, which express true appellation character
Named after the version of a film which most reflects the director's vision, Director's Cut wines represent our winemaker's vision of varietal wines, which express true appellation character.
In the film business, the “Director’s Cut” emerged as a means for filmmakers to present their own creative vision of a story. At Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut wines were created as a way for our winemakers to craft wines that would reflect their own unique interpretation of the quintessential Sonoma wine.
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Director's Cut wines embrace appellation specific sourcing, meticulous fruit selection, and numerous blending trials in order to capture the distinct nuances of Sonoma's microclimates.
The Russian River Valley offers the perfect climate for growing Pinot Noir. Fog rolls in nightly from the nearby Pacific Ocean and cools the temperature down by as much as 35 - 40 degrees each evening. This temperature differential allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance. Loam and alluvial soil compositions create a very rich and fragrant Pinot Noir that offers pronounced floral notes and a distinct earthy character.
The 2017 growing season began with a good deal of precipitation, but after a mild spring, temperatures heated up and remained quite warm throughout the summer and fall seasons. This vintage delivered smaller than average clusters, which led to excellent concentration and high quality fruit overall.