Francis Coppola's Chardonnay reflects the distinctive personality of Monterrey vineyards, which boast juicy apple, guava and melon flavors. Whole-cluster pressing and a combination of barrel and stainless steel fermentation ensures that the creamy texture and caramelized sugar finish is balanced by a crisp acidity.
The 2007 vintage got underway earlier than most years as a result of early bud break due to the warm, late winter. Spring was dry and warmer than normal along the coast, which helped advance the phenological ripeness of the vines. As harvest approached, they were blessed with warm days and cool nights – perfect conditions for Chardonnay. To that end, their 2007 vintage reveals a true expression of Chardonnay from Monterey County.
Bright golden yellow color with pear, pineapple and spicy oak complements the apples, melon, guava and vanilla cream flavors.