Francis Coppola Reserve wines are determined each vintage by winemaker Corey Beck, who hand-selects exceptional fruit for crafting small lots of varietal wines. Each lot is crushed, fermented and aged separately through the final blending stage to ensure the finished wine is worthy of the reserve title. The Philosophy No two wines are alike. Every wine reflects the individual character of where it was grown and the winemaker who nurtured it from vine to bottle. Francis Coppola Reserve expresses this individuality with equally artful labels. The varietals are graced with six different, playful configurations of the letters that comprise the spelling of the Coppola name-created by literally tossing the letters into the air and capturing them in flight. Each is a one-of-a-kind expression as prized as the wine in the bottle. The Wine The Francis Coppola Reserve 2004 Syrah Dry Creek Valley is co-fermented with a small percentage of Viognier-just as it is in the Rhône Valley, where both grapes prospered for centuries before being cultivated in America. This helps set our Syrah’s gorgeous, bright-magenta color and enhances its alluring perfume of dark plum, raspberry, black currant, vanilla, pie spice, and hint of leather. Supple tannins wrap around dried plum and cherry flavors with a white pepper spice. Its long finish is exceptionally pleasing. This Syrah deserves its own menu, one that definitely includes roasted lamb over couscous, chicken cooked in red wine, or pasta tossed with homemade pesto.