Lot #28 FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY
- Alexander Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
This exciting Cabernet Sauvignon lot, “Archimedes Solo” represents the first single-vineyard wine that Francis Ford Coppola Winery has crafted from its Archimedes Vineyard. Planted in 2005, this extraordinary site clings to the rugged peak of Pine Mountain, in the northeast corner of the tiny Sonoma County sub-AVA of Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak. With elevations that span 2,300 to 2,600 feet, Archimedes is the highest elevation vineyard in Sonoma County.
The Archimedes vineyard’s name pays tribute to Francis Coppola’s Uncle Archimedes, a man who loved math and mechanics as much as his namesake, the ancient Greek physicist, astronomer and inventor. The site yields Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of exceptional structure and depth of flavor, defined by thick skins and deeply concentrated flavors of dark fruits kissed with spice notes. For this unique and historic cuvée, Winemaker Andrea Card blended in a small dash of Malbec, also grown in Archimedes Vineyard, adding a layer of dark plum fruit to the wine’s explosive mid-palate. The wine is maturing in a single barrel of new French oak from the cooper Taransaud.
This is an age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon, with firm, polished tannins and layers of rich intense fruit, herb, spice and toast flavors on the densely packed palate. While approachable upon release with vigorous decanting, the true rewards of this historic wine will reveal themselves with long-term cellaring.
WINEMAKER(S): Andrea Card
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: May 2024
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: November 2024
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Includes Japan, Korea, Norway; please inquire for additional countries.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.