Review: Wines of Francis Ford Coppola, Late 2015 Releases

bottle_sante-pinotThree late arrivals from the tail end of 2015 from the monstrous variety that Coppola manages to put out. Some quick thoughts on these late-arriving wines.

2012 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema – 49% cabernet sauvignon, 45% zinfandel, 4% petite sirah, 2% syrah – Quite a sugary experience, it oozes with raisins, sweet tea, and blackberry jelly. The lengthy, New World finish is certainly fresh, if not exactly nuanced. B- / $32

2013 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County – Big and jammy, full of cassis and blackberry, with notes of coffee bean and tea leaf. Sweet but reasonably well-balanced, it’s a fair enough food wine but on its own the finish starts to get away from you as it pours on the sugar. B- / $16

2013 Francis Ford Coppola Votre Sante Pinot Noir California – Fruity up front, then a sizeable smoke influence takes hold. Some cedar wood and black tea notes come into focus, but otherwise this is a simple and perfectly drinkable expression of this classic grape — provided you don’t mind a little char on the back end. B / $12

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