Coppola Cabernet…A Year Later

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.

Overall: 4 Corks


  1. says

    It definitely has all the trademark characteristics of a California Cab, but done in way that’s not too over the top. Definitely let me know what you think of it!

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