This is Francis Coppola's second year producing Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.
For a decade they've bottled Claret — a robust red blend largely comprised of
Cabernet — but they wanted to offer a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon as
well in order to show off the elegance of their grapes.
The 2006 growing season was long and cool, allowing the grapes to hang
on the vine weeks longer than usual. As a result, this wine has immense
concentration, rich color, and profuse aromatics that give way to layers of
Appearance: Dark garnet
Aromas: Currants, raspberry, vanilla
Flavors: Plum, black cherry, anise, cloves
This is on par with a typical $15 Cab Sauv. The wine is balanced fairly well but does not drink well alone...it needs food. I had it with braised shortribs and again with roast chicken and it held up. Without food, the finish comes across bitter; but with food there is a nice level of oak, plum and maybe some cedar back there.