Each Bottle to Feature Colorful Movie Poster Artwork by Laurent Durieux.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery unveiled a new film-themed wine label entitled Director’s Great Movies. An extension of the winery’s wildly popular Director’s Collection, the new label will pay tribute to movies and directors that Coppola himself greatly admires. The collection launched today with three limited edition varietals including JAWS, a 2015 Chardonnay, inspired by the 1975 Universal Pictures summer blockbuster; KING KONG, a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, inspired by the classic 1933 film; and THE WIZARD OF OZ, a 2014 Merlot, inspired by the treasured classic film. All three bottles feature colorful movie poster labels designed specifically for the collection by retro-futuristic French artist Laurent Durieux.
Winemaking and filmmaking are two vital California industries that hold great meaning to Francis and his family. This collection represents iconic and culturally significant films from the past several decades.
“I originally met artist Laurent Durieux when he approached me about a Godfather movie poster he had created. His posters are not in association with the movies’ advertising campaigns, but are his creative interpretations of the films. I immediately saw the passion in his artwork and thought his posters would transform into great wine labels for my Director’s wines, giving the brand a more vibrant and recognizable movie tie-in. I’ve chosen several movies that I think are exceptional. I’m presenting them almost as a recommendation, with the wine being a collector’s item.”
– Francis Ford Coppola
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and NBCUniversal Brand Development, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Director’s Great Movies wine collection will consist of the following wines:
A 2015 Chardonnay featuring flavors of ripe tropical pineapple, aromatic Meyer lemon, a warm toasted oak finish, distinctive floral oak spice and classic Chardonnay minerality. JAWS is a dual appellation of 65% Sonoma County and 35% Monterey County.
A 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon with serious blackberry flavor and forward tannin structure with warm cedar spice in the aroma and inviting flavors of foraged wild berries and toasted marshmallow. There’s a creamy toffee on the palate including black hibiscus tea. KING KONG is a dual appellation of 73% Sonoma County and 27% San Luis County.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
A 2014 vintage Merlot with forward black plum and dark tobacco, dark chocolate covered açaí berry and exotic oak spices. Juicy ripe plum and blackberry are noticeable on the palate of this dual appellation varietal from 68% Sonoma County and 32% Monterey County.