Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut line is said to be made in the image that most closely resembles the Director’s vision of a film. The label itself is a reminder of that, made in the style of a zoetrope strip, an animation device that predates film.
Visiting this winery is like going to an adult version of Disneyland – and it is sure to keep any non-drinkers and children you’re towing about with you fully engaged.
Translucent ruby red with even legs, the nose shows blackberry, field berry, cassis and young vine with black pepper and a purple floral perfume.
The palate is dry with better than average acidity and medium alcohol. The tannins are svelte and velvety and flavours show sweet boysenberry, ripe blackberry, more cassis, clove and nutmeg, thick green field grass, tobacco and vanilla pod. The finish is satisfying and the body medium and elegant.
Purchased at the winery in Alexander Valley, this wine is WSET Very Good. It’s drinking now, but do not hold any longer. It’s at the end of its window on life.
My initial start in the wine world was working for his Napa Valley venture now called Inglenook back when Napa wines still had character and before the split this off to the Sonoma wine for, as you rightly put it, a wine Disneyland. A lot of this had to do with no end of discussions at the Napa winery about how tacky it was becoming which Francis really didn’t like. And this was back in 1999-2000.
Really!? That is extremely interesting… And even more interesting to know he really didn’t care at all. It certainly is a money generator – and frankly, it provided my husband and son with something of interest to occupy them with while I tasted. Wow.. 😀