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Francis Coppola Winery 2012 pinot noir and 2012 Sofia Rose

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When Francis Ford Coppola puts his name on a film you see it and when he pts his name on a wine you gulp with gusto.

His 2012 Director’s pinot noir ($20) and the Sofia Rose ($15) are Oscar worthy. Here’s why.

When the Coppola family opened the doors to its wine and food destination in Sonoma County, the winemakers were asked to create a series of wines that would reflect its own interpretation of the region. The first –Director’s Cut – offered limited production wines that are grown in the sub-appellations of the county. The second –Director’s – is comprised of four classic varietals which are grown in its diverse vineyards and the regions unique character and style.

This Sonoma Coast pinot noir opens with a captivating raspberry, cherry and rose petal aromas. Swirl the garnet wine in the glass and get ready for an avalanche of fresh strawberry, cherry and clove flavors that builds to lush, toasty finish.

Pour this enthralling wine with mushroom risotto, grilled catfish or lamb shanks.

With its distinctive bottle shape and deep salmon colored hue, the 2012 Francis Coppola Sofia dry Rose is delicious eye-catcher.

Grown in Monterey County vineyards, the fruit was allowed to ripen slowly which heightens the flavor. This appealing wine is a blend of syrah, pinot noir and grenache.

This selection is captivating with scents of strawberry, cherry and orange blossom. The acidity and body are in sync with juicy fruit, strawberry and pomegranate flavors.

Serve this well chilled along side Asian dishes such as sesame chicken with orange sauce, spicy green beans or pork tacos.

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