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Francis Ford Coppola Winery Coppola Reserve Late Harvest Semillon 2006

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Classic pairings with dessert Semillion include foie gras, fruit tarts, and bleu cheeses. When Semillion grapes are left on the vine beyond the ordinary ripening period they are susceptible to mold called Botrytis Cinerea, also known as noble rot. This rather unpleasantsounding condition is the key to making this sweet dessert wine, as it is rot that causes the grapes to shrivel and turn into raisins. Once that happens, the grapes become highly concentrated, tremendously sweet and loaded with exotic flavors and aromas of peach, pineapple, passion fruit, honeysuckle and vanilla bean. Our Semillion is grown in central Alexander Valley at Osborn Ranch, which is composed of gravelly clay loam and part of the long, narrow stretch of this appellation where fog rolls in every evening and lingers until morning. This damp, cool weather condition works perfectly to induce Botrytis Cinerea, which is the only way this dessert wine can be accomplished. In fact, the fruit grown at Osborn Ranch is cultivated exclusively for late harvest wines and therefore farmed using methods that promote this activity.

Region: USA » California

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Varietal: Sémillon
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Classic pairings with dessert Semillion include foie gras, fruit tarts, and bleu cheeses. When Semillion grapes are left on the vine beyond the ordinary ripening period they are susceptible to mold called Botrytis Cinerea, also known as noble rot. This rather unpleasantsounding condition is the key to making this sweet dessert wine, as it is rot that causes the grapes to shrivel and turn into raisins. Once that happens, the grapes become highly concentrated, tremendously sweet and loaded with exotic flavors and aromas of peach, pineapple, passion fruit, honeysuckle and vanilla bean. Our Semillion is grown in central Alexander Valley at Osborn Ranch, which is composed of gravelly clay loam and part of the long, narrow stretch of this appellation where fog rolls in every evening and lingers until morning. This damp, cool weather condition works perfectly to induce Botrytis Cinerea, which is the only way this dessert wine can be accomplished. In fact, the fruit grown at Osborn Ranch is cultivated exclusively for late harvest wines and therefore farmed using methods that promote this activity.

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