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Saturday, April 23, 2011

2009 Coppola Votre Sante Chardonnay

The Votre Santé wines pay tribute to Francis Coppola’s paternal grandmother, Maria Zasa, who would toast with the traditional French phrase, "à votre santé," (to your health) each time she raised her glass. The wines are made in a traditional French style using Dijon clones and Burgundian winemaking techniques.

The 2009 Coppola Votre Santé Chardonnay is made using a split fermentation technique, where half of the fruit is fermented in oak and half is fermented in stainless steel. The wine spent 6 months in French oak barrels prior to being bottled.

On the nose I get beautiful aromas of pear that combine with toasted oak, cinnamon stick, and hints of lemon curd. The freshly sliced pear and toasty buttery aromas are quite mouthwatering and I'm dying to taste the wine.....

On the palate this wine continues to show it's very distinctive ripe pear character. There are also some nice flavors of granny smith apple, caramel, toast, lemon peel, and mineral. The style is very sleek and reminds me a lot of the chardonnays from Burgundy's Macon region. There's just a hint of spice and some toasted oak that accompany the finish. It's a very solid wine for the price. ($14)  88 points

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