2017

Francis Coppola Reserve Chardonnay

Taste Profile

Candied Citrus Peel
Summer Melon
Vanilla Bean

As the wine opens up, smoky notes emerge on top of blood orange and vanilla cream, making the long, lavish finish particularly appealing.

As the wine opens up, smoky notes emerge on top of blood orange and vanilla cream, making the long, lavish finish particularly appealing.

Francis Coppola Reserve wines are vineyard-specific creations produced in limited quantities from distinctive sites in Sonoma County.

The connection between a vine and the soil it’s planted in creates the essence of a wine. Each vintage, our winemaking team seeks out the most expressive lots of fruit, those 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.

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Quantity

Retail

$41.00

Wine Notes

The wine opens with an exotic bouquet of guava, tangerine, and cinnamon. Barrel fermentation and secondary malolactic fermentation work to create a rich, creamy palate that offers lively flavors reminiscent of pineapple upside down cake, summer melons, and candied citrus peel. As the wine opens up, smoky notes emerge on top of blood orange and vanilla cream, making the long, lavish finish particularly appealing.

This is the third 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 2017 growing season began with ample precipitation that replenished the soils. Though temperatures were warmer than normal across much of the state, the diurnal conditions that affect Dutton Ranch allowed for a long maturation period. The fruit from this harvest was intensely fragrant and texturally rich, exhibiting richness and weight with tropical tones.

Enjoy the Scents and Flavors
Scents
Blood orange
Vanilla cream
Spices
Flavors
Summer melon
Candied citrus peel
Pineapple

100%

Chardonnay

100%

Chardonnay

TA

.72G/100ml

Alcohol

14.5%

pH

3.58

Barrel Regimen

9 months in French oak; 50% new oak

Dutton Ranch, Jewell Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Pairs Well With

Chicken Breast
Pork Chops

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