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Francis Ford Coppola Winery Archimedes 2006

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Archimedes is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley and Cabernet Franc from Knights Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on the northeastern edge of the appellation. Because the vineyard is west facing, the grapes receive a great deal of direct sunlight, which helps produce highly concentrated fruit with big, chewy tannins. We specifically chose this site because it is the warmest area in Alexander Valley and it consistently produces the most concentrated fruit. The vineyards are planted to Clone 7 Cabernet, which is famous for its black cherry flavors. To provide complexity and complementary layers, we source our Cabernet Franc from a Knights Valley vineyard located just below Mount St. Helena. Here, diurnal summer temperatures range from a mere 40º F at night to 100º F during the day. This tremendous disparity in temperatures helps the fruit retain its natural acidity while letting it achieve full physiological ripeness. Atypical of most Cabernet Francs, ours is darker and more opaque than our Cabernet Sauvignon. Incredibly smooth with velvety tannins and intense aromas of dark sour cherries, cranberries, and sandalwood, this rich, robust wine exudes an amazing array of juicy red plums, berries and cassis, plus a tapestry of wood, spices, and tobacco.

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
07/05/2011

Good nose on this wine. Flavors of sour cherry, cranberry, sandalwood, red plum, cassis, wood, spices and tobacco. Great structure and balance. Very nice! - Tasted at winery Feb 2011



Archimedes is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley and Cabernet Franc from Knights Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on the northeastern edge of the appellation. Because the vineyard is west facing, the grapes receive a great deal of direct sunlight, which helps produce highly concentrated fruit with big, chewy tannins. We specifically chose this site because it is the warmest area in Alexander Valley and it consistently produces the most concentrated fruit. The vineyards are planted to Clone 7 Cabernet, which is famous for its black cherry flavors. To provide complexity and complementary layers, we source our Cabernet Franc from a Knights Valley vineyard located just below Mount St. Helena. Here, diurnal summer temperatures range from a mere 40º F at night to 100º F during the day. This tremendous disparity in temperatures helps the fruit retain its natural acidity while letting it achieve full physiological ripeness. Atypical of most Cabernet Francs, ours is darker and more opaque than our Cabernet Sauvignon. Incredibly smooth with velvety tannins and intense aromas of dark sour cherries, cranberries, and sandalwood, this rich, robust wine exudes an amazing array of juicy red plums, berries and cassis, plus a tapestry of wood, spices, and tobacco.

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Aged 24 months in French Oak.

Notes: 24 months in French oak; 60% new, 40% 1-to-2-year-old barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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