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- Aromas and flavors: exotic perfume of melon, fig, tangerine and plumeria flowers followed by succulent flavors of peaches, pineapple and spices
- Finish: taste of butterscotch
- Food pairing: prosciutto and melon, grilled swordfish, spicy shrimp
- Barrel aging: 20% stainless steel, 80% barrel fermentation (85% French oak, 15% Hungarian oak; 30% new)
Francis Coppola Director's Chardonnay is sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, representing a range of climates, soil profiles and clonal selections. This diversity yields a complex and intriguing wine and allows for nuances in blending. The fruit is harvested in the early morning hours and whole-cluster pressed. A large percentage of the wine is then barrel fermented to achieve richness and bring out notes of vanilla and spice. The remaining wine is fermented in stainless steel for a touch of vibrant acidity, which helps create a beautiful balance. The wine also undergoes partial malolactic fermentation for a creamy mouthfeel.