Staff Selections • Drew Fuller
Spring Pick 2023
Francis Ford Coppola “Director’s Cut” Cabernet Sauvignon
(Sonoma County, CA)
Sonoma County California, one of my favorite wine regions, is known for its diverse range of climates that allow both cool climate grape varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and warm weather varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to thrive. In this case, a Cabernet captured my attention recently and it was like coming home: Francis Ford Coppola 2020 Director’s Cut Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine ticks all the boxes for an old school California Cabernet – rich dark fruit with lush tannins, warm spices, and enough acidity to keep the wine lively in your mouth to help pair with your next spring/summer grilling adventure! Certified sustainable both in their vineyards and winery, this wine is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Syrah and Petite Syrah making up the balance. The wine was aged for 15 months in French and American oak, 45% new. Aromas of blue and black fruits, baking spices, and subtle cigar box, followed by flavors of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, mocha, warm baking spices, and toasty oak. The finish is long and memorable. This wine will be a hit at your next neighborhood get together and will pair well with grilled steak and portabella mushrooms. Load up and show off this beautiful Sonoma California wine to your friends, family, and neighbors. Cheers!!