Friday, January 15, 2010

Coppola Director's Cut Cabernet

Francis Coppola Presents
Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley
Geyserville, California, USA

$23.99 -- HEB, Austin, TX

Color: Dark peachy garnet
Nose: Blackberry paste, espresso, thyme
Body: Medium
Front: Plum
Middle: Chocolate, ripe dark cherry, peach
Back: SkittlesTM, soft tannins, Nerf football
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

Right away I need to say that the SkittlesTM flavor I'm getting may be a product of synergy with the cheese I'm eating this late Friday evening: Beecher's Flagship Reserve. But it's fascinating, and indicative, I think, of the way this wine will integrate well with food. I'll be overrevelatory here: I haven't had great reactions to Coppola wines before, so this one is a surprise.

All in all, I think this is a good value, because it'll please many different palates, the oak isn't overdone, and it's going to pair well with a range of foods.