Highly textural and demonstrating excellent palate weight, the wine bestows aromas of mulberries, dark chocolate, cloves, and vanilla. The flavors are well-focused and long-lived with nuances of black cherries, cassis, and tobacco emerging on the plentiful finish.
Dark, rich and dense, the 2017 Francis Coppola Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is heady in character. The wine was aged nearly 18 months in new French oak barrels to showcase its structure and spice notes. Highly textural and demonstrating excellent palate weight, the wine bestows aromas of mulberries, dark chocolate, cloves, and vanilla. The flavors are well-focused and long-lived with nuances of black cherries, cassis, and tobacco emerging on the plentiful finish.
The connection between a vine and the soil it’s planted in creates the essence of a wine. Francis Coppola Reserve wines are vineyard-specific creations produced in limited quantities from distinctive sites in Sonoma County. Each vintage, our winemaking team seeks out the most expressive lots of fruit that best capture the unique qualities of these prestigious vineyards. From these selections we craft small-batch wines, which are reserved exclusively for winery guests, Wine Family members, and those who shop with us online.
The 2017 growing season began with a good deal of precipitation, but after a mild spring, temperatures heated up and remained quite warm throughout summer and fall. The vintage delivered smaller than average clusters, which led to intense concentration and excellent fruit quality matched with firm tannins and powerful wines.
Located in the heart of central Alexander Valley, the Stuhlmuller Vineyard is home to several clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. The rolling hills and varied topography of this vineyard contribute a wide array of unique characteristics to the varietal. Rocky clay loam soil creates a limiting environment for the vines, leading to less fruit but more concentrated flavors. Afternoon fog brings cooler temperatures, making Stuhlmuller one of the later ripening vineyards in the valley. The extended seasonal hang time contributes additional flavor complexity to the fruit and wine.