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Francis Ford Coppola has a long family history with wine making. He was first exposed to the wine making process while growing up in New York. During this time, his grandfather and uncles would make wine in the basement of their apartment using the grapes that they had shipped in from California. In 1962, Francis met his wife Eleanor on the set of his first feature film. The two later moved to San Francisco and subsequently became the owners of a substantial and beautiful wine estate. Eleanor...
The 2012 Sofia Blanc de Blancs was an excellent vintage. It delivers a beautiful perfume of pears and honeysuckle followed by lively flavors of honeydew, apple and lime crowned with a hint of minerals.
The fruit for Sofia Blanc de Blancs is grown in the cool vineyards of the Arroyo Seco in northern Monterey County. These vineyards benefit from alluvial deposits and gravelly sandy loam soils, which prevent vine vigor. When the fruit matures more slowly, its flavors and aromas become much more intense.
The grapes for this vintage are picked at a lower brix (sugar level) to ensure that this wine has a more modest alcohol content. The fruit is whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel tanks for primary fermentation, and blended before undergoing secondary fermentation using the Charmat method. A small amount of Riesling adds a succulent note of pineapple, while the inclusion of Muscat contributes fragrant notes of honeysuckle and apricots.