As I sit here writing this post, I can hear the recycling truck collecting the bottles I have put outside in the bin. It’s a cacophany of high-pitched tinkles and crashes (with an idling diesel engine thrumming out bass in the background) that would normally be unsettling. But knowing that those bottles – including the empty Coppola Rosso – may one day return to me as a container for yet another adventure in wine, I choose to hear those sounds as music celebrating the cycle of a wine’s life rather than the hubbub of a busy urban landscape.
Winemaker: Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Wine: Coppola Rosso
Varietal: Red Blend
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: The color of this California blend was a dark garnet. On the nose I detected sweet berries, some spice and a touch of earth. It was a medium-bodied red with fine acidity and very light tannins. Alcohol was at 13.5%. On the palate I tasted dark cherry and berries, a tad of spice, some pepper, and ash along with a distinctively floral finish. As the wine oxidized, I thought the fruit flavors settled a bit in favor of a solid core of black cherry. It was definitely enjoyable and would probably serve well as a house wine for casual sipping and lighter meat dishes.