Francis Ford Coppola Winery, one on my favorite sustainable wine stops, just announced the inaugural vintage release of Eleanor, a small production Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blend named for Francis’s wife, Eleanor Coppola.
“Eleanor has always been a true partner in all my endeavors, bringing her creativity, honesty and generous spirit to it all — she’s wife, mother, artist, filmmaker — collaborator and inspiration,” said Francis Ford Coppola. “For all this and more, after fifty years of marriage, I want to honor her with ‘Eleanor’ her own wine.”
Unlike the winery’s typical wines that are completely sourced from Sonoma County fruit, Eleanor’s grapes comes from Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation, reflecting “Eleanor’s love of the land she’s called home for more than three decades.” Eleanor is an interesting blend of a little more than half (54%) Syrah from Rutherford in Napa Valley and Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley with the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon coming from Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s estate vineyards in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.
The 2009 Eleanor retails for $50 and is available nationally in limited amounts.