Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: ***+ $ Francis Ford Coppola Rosso, California, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: This is Francis Ford Coppola Rosso, a California blend of zinfandel, syrah and cabernet sauvignon, produced as a friendly, table-ready wine. The 2007 vintage is finished at a modest 13.5% alcohol.

Original Tasting and Review, July, 2010:

In the glass: Rosso is medium-deep red, not opaque anywhere along the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this California red blend shows a sweet, bright cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose.  A hint of black oak lingers.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are, first, an oaky and fleshy red mid-palate.  Some would find this over-oaked, as it definitely gives the first impression of wood.  But sweet red fruits follow right along.  Just a hint of acids and tannins bring up the rear. 

In summary: Overall, a deep, wood-framed black raspberry-driven American table wine experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its remarkably low price.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Now the nose is bright red cherries.  The oak has settled in nicely with the red fruit - still oaky, but in that warm, vanilla way.  Holds at a three star rating, but I do recommend decant if you have some time.

Updated review, over a year later, August, 2011:  Color is consistent, but now opaque in the center.  Deeper cherry with a hint of oak on the nose.  Fat palate is friendly, fun, fleshy and full.  Oak frames the soft fruit nicely.  All cherry and prunes.  Super clean finish.  Gets a plus for friendliness.  Crazy best value. Following long decant, one day kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Nose and palate are entirely consistent.  Has held up nicely to the additional air.
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