Francis Coppola Reserve wines are vineyard-specific creations produced in limited quantities from distinctive sites in Sonoma County
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.
Our Francis Coppola Reserve Viognier from Catie’s Corner Vineyard is highly impressionable, changing flavor each vintage, depending on the weather. The 2019 vintage showcases a range of fruit and floral notes. Rich and silky on the palate with a balance of bright, natural acidity, the wine’s body is matched by its aromatic profile of apricot and citrus, Flavors of nectarine, apricot, and orange peel on the palate, culminate in a spectacular finish.
Several years ago, we discovered a bit of magic in the Viognier fruit from the renowned Catie’s Corner Vineyard in Russian River Valley, and have been sourcing grapes from it ever since. The vineyard experiences a unique diurnal pattern, where there is often a 50-degree difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. This climate condition allows the fruit to ripen slowly and retain crisp, natural acidity. The contrast also creates an expressive, multi-dimensional wine.
2019 was the first time that California has been 100% drought-free since 2011. Winter and spring rains provided sufficient water in the soil through midsummer. The vintage provided us with a mild growing season, and an average crop, in terms of quantity. Quality, however, remained outstanding. Once again, we are proud to present an outstanding Viognier.