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Francis Ford Coppola's Diamond Collection Merlot combines fruit from Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey. The flavors and textures unique to each region harmonize beautifully together to create a wine that has dark, succulent fruit balanced by natural acidity. Intense aromatics of raspberry and blueberry lead to flavors of crushed berries, vanilla, and leather, which are wrapped up in a soft, smooth tannin structure.
The 2006 vintage is special because it marks the first year they made their Diamond Collection wines at their new home in Sonoma County. The Coppola family purchased the Sonoma winery in March, making it possible for them to crush right there on the premises when harvest was upon us. Having their very own winemaking facility not only heightens the quality of their wines, it fills them with a sense of pride and accomplishment, and fulfills their longtime goal of being able to give their hallmark Diamond wines a home.
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