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Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel

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Big and juicy with high alcohol is pretty much the go with zinfandel, and this one from oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola is just that. Ripe, confected smells of raspberries, plums and blackcurrants rise from the glass, with hints of licorice. The palate is fullsome and fruit-sweet, with fleshy, jammy red berry and cherry flavours, fine-grained tannins, upright acidity, and a lush, sweetly-fruited, warm finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Diamond Collection Zinfandel is crafted by blending fruit from several different appellations, which feature different clone selections, soil types and cultivation methods. We use both hot and cool climate Paso Robles fruit, including some from gravely clay loam soils similar to those in Australia’s Barossa Valley, as well as fruit from Sonoma County.

By combining these different styles of Zinfandel, we achieve a wine of greater complexity and character. In 2010, we harvested weeks later than normal due to the chilly spring and mild summer months. The extended hangtime resulted in profusely aromatic fruit quite concentrated in flavor, which provided this Zinfandel with a rich, jammy personality that is perfectly balanced by the structure and tannins. To add complexity and depth we enhanced the blend with Petite Sirah.

Appearance: Purple magenta

Nose: Briary blackberries, raspberries, and star anise.

Palate: Black plums, cherries, strawberries, spicy oak and pepper.

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