Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville, Calif., premieres two limited-edition wines to be served at the 92nd Oscars and the Governors Ball on Feb. 9, including a 2017 Reserve Chardonnay and 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir. These new wines from Sonoma County are bottled with a sleek gold-colored exterior finish inspired by one of the motion picture industry's top honors, the company says.
For Francis Ford Coppola, six-time Academy Award winning director, screenwriter and entrepreneur, winemaking has been a family tradition for several generations.
"These impressive Family Coppola 92nd Award wines prove how much we're motivated by creativity and innovation in winemaking," said Sandy Walheim, winemaker with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in a statement. "The high-quality wines found in these specialty gold bottles represent some of the best that the Russian River Valley has to offer."
The two newest Francis Ford Coppola Winery wines are from the Russian River Valley AVA known for a characteristically cool climate heavily influenced by fog generated by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the company says. The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay is sourced from the Dutton Ranch Vineyard located less than 10 miles from the coast. The single vineyard bottling is from a parcel of the property that resides in the warmest part of the appellation, an area known for producing Chardonnay with expressive tropical tones, making this wine elegant and complex in character with fragrance notes of tangerine, pear and Meyer lemon, according to the company. The 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir is from the King Vineyard that delivers richly concentrated fruit with amazing dark colors and expressive flavors. This 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir has a lush and velvety palate, balanced by seasoned oak and moderate tannins with fragrant notes of raspberries, pomegranates, cloves and rose petals with a lengthy and complex finish of sweet spices, vanilla bean and wood tones that evolve on the palate, it adds.