NOTE: Check out the review of the (much better) 2009 vintage here.
Since I mentioned this wine in my Costco and Trader Joe’s post, I figured I better get my review up! This offering comes from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and was available for $9.99 at Costco, which appears to be quite a good deal compared to other sellers. The wine is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% alcohol. Here’s what they winery says about this one:
- Aged 16 months in French oak.
- Our signature red wine, layered with flavors of blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso.
- Includes Merlot and Cab Franc grown on our estate in Alexander Valley.
- Borrowing tradition of European wineries, we add gold netting to bottle to signify outstanding quality of wine.
- Our prize offering, the ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise.
- Goes well with beef, pork, and spicy
Well, it certainly all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Gold netting, great name, cool marketing. I mentioned in a previous post that a trendy restaurant near us was advertising this one pretty heavily at $12/glass and $46/bottle. I guess they feel like the higher price point sells it better (which it probably does for some people) plus look at all that margin! In reality, we found this wine to be just OK. Nothing really objectionable about it, but it was a bit harsh and just didn’t have very good flavor. I’m inclined to try it again, but I think that’s more because of the wonderful marketing than the wine itself. I’ll give a Taste rating of 6, which combined with the solid value rating of 8, gives it an overall score of 6.5, putting it solidly in the “Second Chance” category.
Overall Rating: 6.5
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