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Francis Coppola Diamond Claret 08 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Our prize offering, the ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery:
  Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, Agostino Coppola, had a passion for wine back in the 1920s, when he used to make wine in the basement of his New York apartment. They weren’t sophisticated wines: they were just everyday wines that anyone could enjoy. Francis and Eleanor Coppola, Francis’ wife, attempted ... Read more
  Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, Agostino Coppola, had a passion for wine back in the 1920s, when he used to make wine in the basement of his New York apartment. They weren’t sophisticated wines: they were just everyday wines that anyone could enjoy. Francis and Eleanor Coppola, Francis’ wife, attempted to continue this passion when they purchased their own vineyard in Rutherford, California in 1975 using the proceeds from The Godfather. This plot was a part of the historic Inglenook Winery, and it included the former home of Gustave Niebaum, member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame. After tireless effort by the whole family, the winery produced its first vintage in 1977 under the Niebaum-Coppola label. After many years of success, the family purchased Inglenook Winery in its entirety in 1995. In 2006, the winery was renamed to Rubicon Estate Winery in honor of the estate’s flagship wine. The Coppola family couldn’t stop there - in March 2006, they purchased the former Chateau Souverain winery in Geyserville, California, transforming it into the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. In their first four years, their family of wines exploded from 12 to 45 wines. Corey Beck was made the director of wine-making and the general manager of the winery, and he currently oversees seven wine brands. There are currently 9 lines of wine, each with a different personality and varietal composition. The Sofia line, for example, was created as a gift from Francis to his daughter, and it exudes charm, style, and romance. Read less

Member Reviews for Francis Coppola Diamond Claret 08 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
11/15/2010

Dark, rich purple color. Jammy nose with hints of blackberry and currant. Medium to heavy bodies with a nice hotness behind it. Interesting blend of varieties giving it the tannins and sternness of Cabernet and Merlot with the spice that you would get from the Malbec variety. Very meaty and a wonderfully thick mouth feel. Would be nicely paired with red meat. The finish lingers on and makes you want the next sip. I have always liked Clarets. As far as I know they always contain the same 5 grape varieties but the percentage it was makes the wine. So I thought I would just mention the varieties and the percentages in this vintage. Great wine for the price! 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot 7% Merlot, 3% Malbec 2% Cabernet Franc


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.00 5
07/05/2011

Plum, currant, blackberries, cherries and espresso. - Tasted at winery Feb 2011


Snooth User: glharv
56115589
4.00 5
07/14/2011

Smooth and remarkably easy-drinking, considering...


Snooth User: CabFan85
80415577
4.00 5
03/23/2011

I am not a fan of clarets but this one is pretty good. Bought it on sale for $13 at Costco. Medium bodied. very smooth. good nose. medium tannins. very merlot like. I like it.


Snooth User: Sheliah
49700057
3.50 5
03/23/2011

Need a few minutes to breath. Deep ruby color, great taste and a smooth finish!


Snooth User: Gabefer
60592355
4.50 5
12/08/2010

smooth, sealky, lots of fruit, blackberry, blueberry, vinilla, good balance.

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great 4 the price

Snooth User: Willredwine
73474954
4.00 5
02/20/2011

A very good wine for what it is. A simple and very smooth cab. An enjoyable wine to drink with company.


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External Reviews for Francis Coppola Diamond Claret 08 Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
06/20/2012

Aromas of cassis and licorice with hints of leather precede a rich, velvety-textured palate of red fruit jam and a sweet touch of toasty oak on the long finish.


External Review
10/01/2010

A chocolatey wine with a deep red color, dark plummy fruits, and a nice dose of warm baking spices on the finish. Silky-smooth tannins give it a great friendly structure.


External Review
01/20/2012

Our prize offering, the ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
05/11/2011

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Claret Black Label 2008 750ML


External Review
09/24/2010

This Claret is always elegant, but this year it's a true show stopper; lush with a beautiful tapestryof smooth tannins, intense flavor, and seductive aromas.


External Review
10/26/2010

Francis Ford Coppola calls this wine his "prize offering." It's a classic Bordeaux blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are sourced from Napa, Sonoma, El Dorado and the Coppola Estate. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. From the excellent 2008 vintage, it shows rich fruit and a balanced structure, but the real beauty of this wine is the affordable price. For under $20 this Coppola Diamond Collection Claret is a true gem.



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Our signature red wine, layered with flavors of blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso.

Our prize offering, the ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise.

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