Here comes wine five in our ‘Celebrity Vintners’ wine theme this month, Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut Zinfandel, 2009. It is a superb showing of what a majority Zinfandel, blended with minority Petit Sirah and Syrah can produce.
If you’re a movie buff, regardless of your favourite genre, Francis Ford Coppola doesn’t need much explanation. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”; recognize that line? This line comes from the Godfather, specifically the first of the trilogy, all written and directed by Coppola. Coppola’s list of unforgettable movies doesn’t stop at the Godfather, but extends to titles such as Apocalypse Now and Lost in Translation.
His affinity to wine is not new, as one would expect with a celebrity vintner. Coppola recounts that wine making was something that had a place in the family lines for years. Francis Coppola makes his wines with the intent of sharing, friends and good times and his Zinfandel is a clear depiction of this.
Oh, one last thing. Did you know that Nick Cage is his nephew?
On colour, Coppola’s Zinfandel holds a true ruby red hue, with unquestionable clarity. On the nose, you may find yourself wanting for more intensity, but you are able to pick up scents of floral and some spice paired with oak. It isn’t until you test this wine on your palate that you truly get a chance to explore all this wine has to offer. On the palate, you’ll experience a preserved fruit blend of strawberries, raspberries, plum and slight vanilla, with a low to medium finish that’s just enough for your salad or soft cheese pairings.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut Zinfandel, 2009 is versatile, allowing you to enjoy it on patios during the spring/ summer months, as well as at gatherings held indoors, during the fall/winer seasons. This wine pairs well with salads and soft cheeses, but can be drank on its own.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $34.95
We gave this wine a 3.75/5