2001 Francis Coppola Diamond Series Chardonnay

WINE OF THE WEEK

January 15, 2003|By Michael Dresser

2001 Francis Coppola Diamond Series Chardonnay ($15). For a celebrity, director Francis Ford Coppola makes some mighty good wines. California chardonnays, as a group, are hardly my favorite wines, but this one rises above the pack to display admirable balance and appealing flavors of apple, lemon, nuts, pear and a hint of banana. The oak is well-integrated - in contrast with many in its peer group. Serve this wine with salmon, ham or chicken.

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