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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

2007 Coppola Director's Cabernet Sauvignon

So I originally thought this wine was just a new version of the "Director's Cut" label. However, the Francis Ford Coppola winery offers three distinct tiers within the Directors family of products.

There is this wine (Director's) which is the least expensive and is a Sonoma County appellation wine that is an easy drinking and approachable style. Then there is the (Director's Cut) which showcases several sub-appellations of Sonoma County such as Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma Coast. Finally, there is the (Cinema) which is a limited production blend of Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley fruit.

On the nose I get lots of candied fruit, black raspberry, hints of green pepper, and some cedar and oak notes. There is also secondary aromas of potting soil, tar, and tart cherry.
(I'm aware one cannot smell "sour or tart" but the wine smells like a sour cherry would smell!!)

On the palate those candied fruit flavors continue to register with raspberry, black cherry, hints of cedar and spice, and a touch of pepper on the finish. It falls off a bit on the finish and doesn't exhibit a whole lot of depth, but it's more of a fruity style.

This wine delivers befitting quality for the price point, but it's not a wine with intense complexities or one that makes you think. It's just an everyday type quaff and one that you could enjoy with a wide variety of foods. If you see it on a wine list and are looking for a lighter style Cabernet with a nice fruity quality, then this may be a good play. 86 points


winenxt said...

Liked the post!

Anonymous said...

Great review, I bought this wine at the Coppola winery and loved it! But can't find it anywhere.

 
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