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.
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 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 conditions that allow grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity for better balance.
The 2021 vintage started off cold and dry. Initially inconsistent weather patterns created a lighter crop, but mild to warm weather later provided perfect conditions to develop phenolic concentration and flavor. Overall, a very nice harvest with beautiful, concentrated wines.