Here are a bevy of new releases by Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County. They include fresh tasting crisp whites, a unique rosé and robust flavorful reds. The grapes for the wines are sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County and elsewhere in California. Winemaker Corey Beck does a great job of producing wines which are drinkable and delicious right out of the bottle. We are especially big fans of his Black Label Claret Cabernet Sauvignon and Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Coppola wines are also well worth the price and are widely available.
Francis Coppola 2014 Pinot Grigio California ($16) 88 The Pinot Grigio is bright and crisp, offering notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Fruit forward in character, it has some light sweetness, moderate acidity and a pleasant finish. Francis Coppola 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Diamond Collection California ($15) 88 This fruit forward Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of honeysuckle, lychee and lime with a note of sweetness on the mid-palate. It has bright acidity and freshness with a crisp finish. Francis Coppola 2014 Sofia Rosé Monterey County ($19) 87+ This Rosé displays a dark rose color and offers aromas and flavors of dried cherry and pomegranate with a touch of sweetness on the mid-palate. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir, it is ripe and flavorful with moderate acidity and a pleasant tart finish. Francis Coppola 2013 Black Label Claret Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Collection California ($21) 91 The 2013 Claret offers fresh aromas of dark cherry, red plum, and black currant with some bright red fruit notes. It is very nicely structured and full on the palate with good structure and very firm tannins on the finish. Francis Coppola 2013 Director’s Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley ($22) 91+ A blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, this bottling offers spicy dark red fruit and toasted oak on the nose and a nice lush full-bodied palate with layers of fruit, earth and sweet oak. It has a nice long finish and gentle tannins. A beautiful wine from a terrific vintage. Francis Coppola 2014 Director’s Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($21) 89+ This Pinot Noir displays an earthy, red fruited nose and a silky attack with medium concentration of flavor. It offers pleasant drinking but not much concentration and modest length.