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.

Coppola Red Label Zin 2010

I’m going to follow Joe Friday’s suggestion on this one.  “Just the facts, ma’m, just the facts.”

Winemaker:  Francis Coppola
Wine: Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel
Vintage: 2010
Varietal:  Zinfandel
Appellation:  California
Price: $10.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  Well, the bouquet was light with scents of plum, vanilla, and floral notes.  Flavors for me were dark blackberry, plum, clay, and light sprinkles of pepper.  On the finish was a lingering eucalyptus.  It had no legs and modest to moderate tannins.  Alcohol is 13.5%.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.