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2012 Francis Coppola Chardonnay
September 13, 2013 - Norman Bentley
After two weeks of catching a few fish, and eating a lot of fish and shrimp, we are back in the big "A". It was wonderful at our "Little Cottage by the Sea" in Matlacha, FL, and we certainly enjoyed the local cuisine, along with several good bottles of wine. The standout was the 2012 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay.
The Coppola Chardonnay opens with an intense bouquet of tropical fruit and a hint of honeysuckle. The flavor is abundant with gobs of big fruit tasting of ripe apples and some pear, which is enhanced by tropical fruit and a hint of orange zest. The finish is strong and clean with a crisp lingering aftertaste of vanilla, imparted by its six months of aging in French oak. The alcohol content is a perfect 13.5%.
We enjoyed this Chardonnay with a big platter of shrimp, but it would pair well with almost any seafood dish, including grilled grouper, or even steamed clams. Norm's score is 89.
Price: $11 - $15
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