The connection between a vine and the soil it’s planted in creates the essence of a wine. Francis Coppola Reserve wines are
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.
The 2017 growing season presented smaller grape clusters with smaller berries and a lower yield, all of which contributed to excellent concentration. The grapes matured at a slow pace and harvested slightly later than the 2016 vintage. At harvest, the fruit was crushed into small open-top fermenters and a gentle maceration allowed for soft extraction. We worked with various Burgundian barrel builders to enhance the wine’s complexity, which developed over 10 months in medium toast French oak barrels.
Santa Barbara County represents the only place in North America where the coastal mountain range transitions from full north-south orientation to full east-west. This creates a funnel that pulls cold air and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean over the vineyards, keeping the region cool and the growing season long. The Santa Rita Hills sub appellation is located in the center of the larger county area, not far from the coast. It features a mix of sandy soil and clay loam over shale, which helps produce Pinot Noir with texture, finesse, and profuse aromatics.
At harvest, the fruit was crushed into small open-top fermenters and a gentle maceration allowed for soft extraction.
Enjoy the Scents and Flavors
Our 2017 Francis Coppola Reserve Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir presents the telltale signs of the appellation. It boasts a beautiful fragrance with high-toned notes of raspberries, black cherry, and baking spices. Medium-bodied with good structure, you’ll find complex flavors that include wild strawberries, tea leaves, and cloves. There is a good amount of spicy oak to frame the fruit along with light tannins. The wine finishes long, evolving in the glass with each sip.
10 months in French oak; 20% new oak
Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County