Years ago, there was a restaurant where I would always take out-of-town guests. Aside from reliably good food, the wine we always seemed to settle on was the Francis Ford Coppola Claret.
Claret, by the way, is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, blended in the classic Bordeaux style. Back in the day, wines of exceptional quality had gold netting added around the bottle, and today, bottles of Coppola Claret borrow that European tradition. You’ve probably seen them at your local wine store.
This Cabernet, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend is an excellent value. For about $16 a bottle you get a nicely balanced Bordeaux blend with surprising depth and complexity.
This is a bold, beefy wine with a smoky aroma, and big black-cherry flavors, with savory notes over cranberry and dark chocolate. I have always enjoyed the layers of flavor, and the smoothness of this Claret, and I think you will too, if you haven’t already.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value I give the 2014 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Series Claret 3.5 corks! This wine is a good value for the money.
If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, please join me at our next private wine party at The Party Source! I host a wine dinner there every month with sommelier Steve Tartaglia, and we feature several interesting wines, paired with a delicious catered dinner from Kate’s Catering and Personal Chef Services. There are always cool prizes to win, too, so listen Wednesday at 4:15 to win your spot on the guest list, or click here for a chance to win!