This year’s Jewell Vineyard Chardonnay is just as alluring as its predecessor, yet entirely
different in character.
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. Our winemaking team hand-selects the best lots of fruit from each vintage that 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.
This year’s Jewell Vineyard Chardonnay is just as alluring as its predecessor, yet entirely different in character.
This year’s Jewell Vineyard Chardonnay is just as alluring as its predecessor, yet entirely different in character. This vintage boasts a fragrance reminiscent of apple crumble, cinnamon sticks, and toasted almonds on a lighter, lifted palate. Bright citrus notes and flavors of kumquat and nectarine mingle with touches of cloves to create a distinctive wine that’s elegant and exciting.
This is the fourth vintage in a row we’ve produced a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay from the Jewell Vineyard. This exceptional fruit is the product of meticulously farmed vines that are planted to UCD Clone 108, which is a variation of the Wente clone. This clonal selection thrives in the Goldridge Fine Sandy Loam soils of the vineyard and benefits from diurnal conditions where warm daytime temperatures drop nearly 40 degrees in the evening. Not only does this allow the fruit to ripen slowly and accumulate concentration, it helps the grapes retain more natural acidity, which is essential to creating a complex Chardonnay.
The last couple of vintages have seen a return to classic seasonal patterns where a cold rainy winter prepares the vines for warm temperatures later on. In 2018, precipitation carried on into spring extending the growing period several weeks past the preceding year. There were also fewer heat spikes this season, allowing the fruit to ripen at a nice steady pace to develop more richness and pronounced aromas.