Three Napa Valley Francis Ford Coppola wines

Francis Ford Coppola is best recognized for being the six-time Oscar winner for director, writer, and producer of movies like The Godfather (1972), despite having a five-decade career in cinema. His forty years of experience in the wine industry is less well known.

Coppola's wine adventure started in 1975 when he bought a portion of the Napa Valley, California-based Inglenook estate. 

Gustave Niebaum founded the estate in the 19th century, and Coppola spent the following 40 years bringing it back to its original splendor.

Coppola looked to Bordeaux for inspiration in order to fulfill his aim of creating the best, longest-finishing wines. 

He gave the enormous responsibility to Philippe Bascaules, managing director of the famed first-growth Bordeaux winery Château Margaux.

A 1999-made white Rhône style. 56 percent viognier, 22 percent roussanne, and 22 percent marsanne. To preserve fruit brightness, the wine is fermented in stainless steel at cold temperatures with a high percentage of first-pressed juice.

Inglenook Blancaneaux 2014

The wine label pays tribute to Francesco Pennino, Coppola's maternal grandfather, and his music-publishing company. You can find the name of a Pennino song title by looking on the cork.

Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 2013

Top wine on the estate is called Rubicon. The name alludes to the moment of no return—Julius Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon River. A wine in the Bordeaux style, composed 86% of cabernet sauvignon,

Inglenook Rubicon 2012

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