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.
Delicate aromatic notes of white flowers, followed by exotic spices, yellow fruits, and stone fruits on the palate with a hint of minerality and crushed stone. The 2020 Viognier is supple, complex, and bold, with a full mid-palate and a lingering, lasting finish. To bring more breadth to the wine, some batches of fruit had a golden hue due to sun exposure, while others were lighter in color, having been more shaded in the vine canopy.
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.
The warm spring in 2020 made for early bud break in most regions, followed by a cool March and April, and variable temperatures. Temperatures eventually levelled off and stayed consistently warm throughout June and July and August. During harvest, we ran micro ferments to test for quality, and found that the 2020 vintage wines are tasting exceptional!