*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
It’s hard to believe, but 7 years ago yesterday I posted my first wine review, which was of Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s 2006 Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, I’ve tried to celebrate my blogiversary with a Coppola wine, and this year is no different. I spent Saturday morning running errands before heading to an early afternoon knitting class to work on my lace knitting technique. After knitting, Hubby and I did our taxes, and then settled into a relaxing evening. I opened a Coppola wine, grabbed the shawl I was working on in my knitting class, and watched a good Saturday night movie.
The 2013 Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon (winery, snooth) was from the Alexander Valley in California and was made with 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes. The wine was a deep, blood-like red. On the nose, there were strawberries, blackberries, and black cherries followed by hints of vanilla, lavender, smoke, and cocoa. In the mouth, there were Bing and black cherries and blackberries mixed with vanilla, licorice, hints of something floral. The wine had a medium-to-full body with medium acid and nice tannins.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At an SRP of $24, this wine is very approachable whether it’s on its own or with food. It just needs a little time to breath before drinking. Admittedly, the smoke on the nose had me expecting a deeper, more brooding wine but it’s not. Instead this is a serious wine that is fun with fruit upfront, some savory notes in the middle, and a finish that lingered and left me wanting more.
I paired the Director’s Cut Cab with breakfast-for-dinner, which included eggs made with an extra sharp cheddar, bacon, and toast. This wine was surprisingly good with both the very cheesy eggs and the bacon. That said, there was nothing quite like drinking it while watching the 2007 Best Picture winner, Atonement, which I never saw, and knitting with plush, velvety yarn. The combination of the movie, the wine, and the yarn was a perfect way to spend Saturday after a really busy week.
Question of the Day: If you’re a blogger, do you celebrate your blogiversary? How?
Special thanks to all of you wonderful readers
for sharing some great (and not so great) wines and beer with me
over the last 7 years!
Suggested Retail Price: $24
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4.5 Corks