Coppola Rosso 2012

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
Vintage: 2012
Varietal:  Red Blend
Appellation:  California
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.

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3 thoughts on “Coppola Rosso 2012

  1. I’ve noticed TJ has a lot of Appellations for great value. Like I thought I saw a CDP for like $20, when a decent one is around $34. I also seen Rhones for under $10. I have an average palette, but wanted to get anthers take.

  2. I haven’t had that CDP, but they do seem to have a lot of value wines that aren’t just plonk. They also appear to have a lot of private label offerings or limited distribution selections – i.e. wines I don’t see at other stores. This blog is focused on budget-friendly wines, so you’ll see that I sample a number of items from their shelves!

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