A beautiful wine inspired by a wonderfully romantic play
A beautiful wine inspired by a wonderfully romantic play.
“I always loved the play Cyrano de Bergerac. I even developed a crush on Roxane, which is why I jumped at the chance to play the role of Cyrano in my high school play. After delivering the last line of dialogue: ‘My white plume!’ the audience fell silent. I have no idea whether it was because I was very good or very bad. (I’d like to believe very good!) To this day, I still think it’s a wonderfully romantic play, perfect for two beautiful wines.”
—Francis Ford Coppola
Bright, light bodied, with a crisp acidity, the 2017 Roxane greets you with scents
of daffodil, orange blossom, grapefruit, lime zest, and other citrus notes. Light
and graceful like springtime, flavors of grapefruit, key lime, and green apple kiss
the palate, accompanied by slight minerality and a gentle almond finish.
The climatic diversity of Sonoma County allows growers to find the perfect home
for almost every grape varietal. Our Vermentino, which is a relatively obscure
grape in the U.S., is grown by one of the pioneers of Carneros, Francis Mahoney.
Just as Roxane was dedicated to her ideals, Mahoney planted Vermentino years
ago, against the advice of others.
Vermentino is harvested in the early morning hours, quickly pressed and
fermented in stainless steel to retain the varietal’s natural acidity. The 2017
growing season began with a good deal of precipitation, but after a mild spring,
temperatures increased and remained warm throughout summer and fall. The
vineyards benefitted from the diurnal conditions of Sonoma County, where cool
evenings contrast with warm daytime temperatures. This gives the vines extra
hang time to accumulate flavor intensity while maintaining a balanced acidity.