Today was my last day before a very large project deadline. This project has been quite a challenge, as it’s dealing with a topic that is new for me. This meant late hours last week, a significant amount of reading and learning about the issue in a short period of time, and a bit of panic as I walked into the office this morning, particularly as I encountered a few unexpected pitfalls. By early this afternoon, things brightened, and the project was back on track. By the time finally I left work, everything was in place for a smooth day tomorrow. Whether that actually happens still remains to be seen, but, in the meantime, I have a good feeling about how the day will go. Today, though, was definitely one of those days where I earned my paycheck and looked forward to heading home afterwards. While waiting for Hubby to get home, since he was working late, and, in honor of A Glass After Work’s birthday, I opened a Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon because it was the first wine I reviewed.
The 2006 Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Collection (winery, snooth) had a medium-to-dark ruby color, with the slightest hint of garnet on the rim. On the nose, there was cedar, followed by cherries, blackcurrant, and a hint of blackcurrant leaf, smoke, and vanilla. In the mouth, there was cedar, smoke, black cherries, dark plums, and vanilla. The wine had a nice, full body with big, firm tannins and high acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $17, this wine has a lot of complexity, particularly for how inexpensive it is. The wine is fun to really puzzle through, as I enjoyed doing with this bottle. However, it’s also a good, easily drinkable option for someone who doesn’t know a lot about wine, but is still looking for a quality glass. This is evident from the review that I did a year ago when I was just learning how to taste and talk about wine. The Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon is very food friendly, but also can stand on its own big, beautiful legs.