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Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon

By Bob on August 22, 2013 4:38 AM

Charlotte and I had a wonderful dinner with Francis Ford Coppola winemaker Corey Beck earlier this year. Corey showed off a few of his favorite Coppola wines - all retailing under $20. Just as the evening was winding down, he stepped it up a notch and poured what may be the best mid-priced cabernet I've ever had: Coppola's Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon.

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In signature Coppola style, the name "Director's Cut" means the version of a film that most reflects the director's vision. Corey explained that Coppola's Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon showcased his vision of what Sonoma's premier sub-appellations can bring out in varietals most suited for the region.

My two word review: Nailed. It.

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Tasting Notes

This year's Director's Cut Cabernet is blended with Petit Verdot and a small quantity of Cabernet Franc. The Petit Verdot delivers a dark and rich tone that's complemented by the complex spice aromas contributed by the Cabernet Franc.

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The wine has an elegant structure with layered fruit and a long, aromatic finish. I tasted flavors of cassis and black cherries enhanced by hints of espresso bean, spice and toasted oak. It's great now, but will just get better with age.

5 CORKS

Corkscrewed Rating

Wines are rated on a scale of 1-5 corks. A 1-cork wine is good for killing fire ants; 5-cork wines are good enough to drink every day and can even be shared with your very best friends.

Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon retails for about $25. Coppola wines are available at big box outlets (Costco), better liquor stores, wine stores and online at Francis Coppola Winery

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