Francis Ford Coppola Alicante Bouschet California Diamond Collection Magenta Label 2008
Francis Coppola remembers his grandfather making homemade wine in his New York basement from Alicante Bouschet grapes shipped in by train from California. Yearning for this nostalgic varietal he grew up with, Francis commissioned a search for the best Alicante vineyards in the state. Made from fruit of 85-year old vines found in Lodi, our Alicante Bouschet is rich in color, medium-bodied and loaded with lush, jammy fruit flavors.
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Winner dark in the glass. Very much an earthy/dusty nose. Pretty mellow on the tongue. If you are an anti fruit bomb kind of drinker, this is what you should try. This is a full-bodied wine that is mostly earth with some wood. It is quite smooth, although there is a bit of acid/tannin sharpness at the very back of the palate. Finishes very nicely. US$14.49 at Total Wines.
The wine has a wonderful, deep ruby color that is almost an inky purple at the center. The nose is full of jammy fruit, plums, blackberries, currant, with a hint of almost maple syrup. The taste is very fruit forward, but not really as sweet as I was expecting. The flavors of ripe red fruit quickly transition to spice, anise and mint midpalate, and then the bright tannins take control for a tight, dry finish. See my full review on my blog here: Here is the review of the Coppola Alicante Bouschet #wine: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/09/2008-coppola-alicante-bouschet.html
Three and a half glasses
I really like some of the Coppola Diamond series wines a great deal, especially the Claret and the Malbec. So when I saw the outrageous magenta label on this Coppola Alicante Bouschet I had to try it. It is my first experience with an Alicante - they don't exactly line the shelves in the wine stores. So I had no idea what to expect. Was very pleasantly surprised. Very fruit-forward, big floral nose, and soft tannins. Probably not your first choice for a grilled steak, but paired with appetizers and cheeses it is great. Falls into my "crowd pleaser" category nicely.
Nose of ripe dark fruit, dried brown fig (label said leather, I disagree), and dried zante currant with hint of cedar and spice. In the mouth fuzzy but tame tannins with easy acid and tastes of ripe red fruit (red currant, plum, and red raspberry) with wood, some earth, and a slightly acrid sheen. Medium to full weight, off-dry to dry, medium acid. Finishes of intense sour ripe berries (red raspberry and cranberry). In my case it paired well with a dark mild curry sauce on mutton (or lamb). Watch out, this wine does evolve significantly with air contact, will taste quite different after you decant it.
Rich nose of ripe fruit. Cab-like. Soft, round, easy palate of rich red currant, cherry and the slightest spice. Interesting and very enjoyable!
nicely structured wine. Cassis and cranberry aromas and flavors, simple but very appealing.
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A lush, medium-bodied red wine made from an unusual French grape with a California history.
Aged 11 months in French Oak.
Notes: Aged in 40% new French oak, 60% 1-2 year old French oak.
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