Heat­ing Up

A film­maker’s wine, rosé sales, rugby drama and a rare chardon­nay make James Suck­ling’s monthly news round-up

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Wine -

Mak­ing the CUT

Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola, the cel­e­brated di­rec­tor of The God­fa­ther, has been di­rect­ing much of his en­ergy into Cal­i­for­nian wine­mak­ing with a level of cre­ativ­ity equal to that which he in­vests in his films, the re­sult be­ing some Os­car-wor­thy reds. Cop­pola’s first pur­chase was the In­glenook win­ery in Napa County, then he bought one in Sonoma County and named it Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola Win­ery. The lat­ter pro­duces flag­ship wines called the Di­rec­tor’s Cut se­ries with la­bels per­son­ally de­signed by the film­maker, each re­sem­bling a film­strip. The In­glenook Napa Val­ley Ruther­ford Ru­bi­con re­mains his bench­mark wine, how­ever. I rated the most re­cent vin­tage, 2013. 92 points

a rare op­por­tu­nity

A few pre­cious cases of a one­off chardon­nay from one of the great old names of the Napa Val­ley, May­a­ca­mas Vine­yards, will be avail­able in Hong Kong. May­a­ca­mas Chardon­nay Napa Val­ley The Ter­races is a fresh, zesty white that was pro­duced in 2013 from old vines dat­ing back to 1952 on the prop­erty, high in the hills of Mount Veeder, and is bot­tled with a spe­cial la­bel. 97 points

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