Tuesday, June 17, 2008

California Rosso Classic Francis Coppola

51% Zinfandel, 29% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Frequently discounted to $6 to $7 a bottle, this is a nice fruit-oriented Rosso that makes no pretenses but delivers plenty of flavor. This is last year's vintage and still drinking nicely.

Deep purplish. Zinfandel blackberry, big and bold. But I can smell the Cabernet blackcurrant underneath giving an air of seriousness. Dark spicy smells and flavors. Firm on the palate but ripe and friendly. Hint of vanilla on the finish.

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