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Merlot Diamond Collection 2006

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Gold Medal and 94 Points - 2008 California State FairDouble Gold Medal - 2008 Indy International Wine CompetitionWho came up with the name "Syrah-Shiraz"? Click here to find out.Unlike others in this category, our unique Syrah-Shiraz is sourced from three specific vineyards in the central coast. Our San Lucas vineyard is positioned on a southeastern facing slope, with fewer hours of intense sunlight, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. This provides the fruit with better concentration and intense blackberry aromas. Grapes from our Paso Robles vineyard contribute red raspberry flavors and a velvety texture. We then blend it with small amounts of Petite Sirah from our Hames Valley vineyard, lending it depth and structure.

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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 Merlot Diamond Collection

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Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
4.50 5
12/07/2009

This wine was better than I expected. Very balanced, full but still harmonious, great finish, excellent with food. Maybe I underestimated Mr. Coppola. ;-)


Snooth User: judgelog
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4.00 5
08/22/2008

Big fruit, nicely balanced with a fair amount of oak. Very concentrated with a big nose. I really enjoyed this cab.


Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
725240651
3.50 5
08/22/2011

I had heard some bad reviews about this wine, but it surprised me. Not the best I have tasted, but it was pretty good. I didnt think it deserved the bad reviews it recieved


Snooth User: seadevi
84458115
3.50 5
03/25/2009

A smooth but complex merlot - a bit pricier than others of this type. From the tasting notes: "Deep garnet color with aromas of bright red cherries and clove spice. Supple red plum and black cherry flavors highlight the palate, with subtle notes of light milk chocolate and vanilla bean evident on the long finish."


Snooth User: strikingvisage
14430876
3.50 5
03/01/2009

Currant, oak, earth, and just a hint of vanilla in the nose; big currant/red berry taste with good tannins and a nice finish.


Snooth User: James Herriott
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2.00 5
10/24/2009

Bought from Wallmart $15.60. average wine for the price, not so smooth as expected and had a slight kick. Would not purchase again, over -rated. Alan Flagler

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Snooth User: rob142
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3.50 5
04/02/2010

Dense, opaque crimson. Highly, but not overly extracted. The relatively high alcohol (14.1%) is not overbearing. Jammy red currant on the front end is countered by pepper and spice on the back end. A fair finish. We decanted it and it seemed to open further after an hour or so. Reasonably well balanced. A surprisingly good value.


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External Reviews for Merlot Diamond Collection

External Review
02/24/2010

Francis Ford Coppola Rosso Shiraz 2006: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift ,lagerfähig 5 - 7 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: KalifornienWeingut: Francis Ford CoppolaRebsorte: 100 % ShirazRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 5,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 13,75 % Rotwein


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Diamond Series Cabernet displays a rich color, intense aromatics, and an exceptional concentration of flavors that linger on the finish.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesWe chose to make a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rather than blend in other varietals so that we could create a real terroir wine with pure varietal flavor. As a result, the Directors Cut Cabernet delivers enticing aromas of cola, cherry, and eucalyptus before revealing dark, rich berries, cassis and black cherries, which is typical of fruit grown in the illustrious Alexander Valley. Well seasoned for 24 months in new and used French oak, the tannins have a delightfully velvet-like texture, partly because of the barrel aging but also from the incredible ripeness achieved this vintage. Together, they make this wine a smooth, decadent experience even when young.


External Review
12/23/2008

Rich and juicy and bursting with ripe summer fruit flavors and great concentration and depth.


External Review
07/24/2009

Unlike others in this category, our unique Syrah-Shiraz is sourced from three specific vineyards in the Central Coast and blended with small amounts of Petite Sirah. We derive exceptionally supple fruit from our San Lucas vineyard, which is positioned on a southeastern facing slope that avoids afternoon heat. Fewer hours of intense sunlight allow the grapes to ripen slowly over a longer period of time. This provides the fruit with better concentration and intense blackberry aromas. grapes harvested from our Paso Robles vineyard contribute red raspberry flavors and a velvety texture, while our Hames Valley Petite Sirah lends depth and structure. The vintage experienced a long, cool growing season, which further intensifies the flavor complexity of the fruit. Once harvested, the grapes are de-stemmed; however, a portion of the stems are held back for later use. After a 48-hour cold soak to extract color, the must is heated to 90° F and inoculated. We then add the stems back in to the fermenting tank to achieve a white pepper aroma in the wine. This, coupled with French oak aging, makes our Syrah-Shiraz a rich, decadent and expressive wine.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Green Label Syrah-Shiraz has a dark purple-red color and generous aromas of plum and clove. Bursting with flavors of ripe raspberry and black currant, this rich juicy wine has layers of sweet spice and notes of smoky vanilla. A hint of bittersweet chocolate and pepper peek through on the finish to create a complex wine with soft tannins.


External Review
03/13/2009

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Gold Medal and 94 Points - 2008 California State FairDouble Gold Medal - 2008 Indy International Wine CompetitionWho came up with the name "Syrah-Shiraz"? Click here to find out.Unlike others in this category, our unique Syrah-Shiraz is sourced from three specific vineyards in the central coast. Our San Lucas vineyard is positioned on a southeastern facing slope, with fewer hours of intense sunlight, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. This provides the fruit with better concentration and intense blackberry aromas. Grapes from our Paso Robles vineyard contribute red raspberry flavors and a velvety texture. We then blend it with small amounts of Petite Sirah from our Hames Valley vineyard, lending it depth and structure.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5%

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