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Coppola honours wife with new wine

Francis Ford Coppola Winery has released a new blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon called Eleanor, in tribute to the film director’s wife.

Eleanor Coppola at her home in Rutherford, Napa. Photo by Craig Lee / SFC.

“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 honour her with Eleanor – her own wine,” he added.

Venturing from the winery’s typical Sonoma-centric wine program, director of winemaking and general manager Corey Beck sourced grapes from Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation, reflecting Eleanor’s fondness for the area where she has lived for more than three decades.

The wine retails for US$50 and uses grapes from the 2009 vintage, with 54% Syrah sourced from Rutherford in Napa Valley and Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coppola Winery’s vineyards in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.

Eleanor Coppola has given not only her name to the wine, but has also created its label.

The floral design on the label expresses Eleanor’s love of textiles and in particular, her passion for patterns that were prevalent during the Art Deco period.

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