SRP of $20 and available for $12.99 at Costco. Sample received courtesy the winery for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Claret, as its British-derived name implies, is made in the same style as Bordeaux’s finest Medoc type wines. A Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine blended in a Bordeaux style, this wine exhibits an exceptional depth and truly unique flavors. In honoring the authenticity and heritage of wines made in this style by Captain Niebaum himself from California Vineyards dating back to 1910, we call our wine, Claret.
Claret, as the label mentions, is the term originally used by the British to describe Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blends. Almost a year ago we sampled the 2008 version of this wine and came away unimpressed. But as with every wine, each year brings new possibilities. And after recently enjoying the Rosso and Chardonnay from the Francis Ford Coppola Rosso and Bianco line we were eager to give the new vintage of this wine a try.
The 2009 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret begins with pleasant aromas of dark fruit, spice (anise) and vanilla. The wine tastes smooth with flavors of blackberry, blueberry and other dark fruit plus some other dried herbs and earthiness. A bit of toasty oak and spice emerges on the dry finish and resolves into lingering fruit and chocolate notes. This wine is quite good on its own and is much better than the 2008. It would probably be just about perfect with a nice juicy steak!