PICK of the RACK: Francis Ford Coppola Winery | Director’s Cut | Cinema | Sonoma County | California | 2009 | $30 (Avg.) | 90 pts

Directors Cut Cinema 2Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley (not to be confused with Coppola’s Inglenook Estate — the crown jewel of California winemaking history located across the mountains in Napa Valley) produces a broad array of wines over a wide range of price points. If you are interested in trying a Coppola wine, you will likely find a variety or style that is pleasing and within your budget — by our count, the winery currently offers 11 different lines (brands) of wine. At the helm of winemaking here stands Sonoma County native Corey Beck, and in our estimation the winery’s finest selections are those he fashions from fruit sourced, designated, and sometimes blended from specific Sonoma County appellations. From the winery’s premium appellation-focused Director’s Cut line, the 2009 Cinema is a captivating blend of Zinfandel (48%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Petite Sirah (7%). It is a generous and harmonious red, with delicate notions of black cherry, cola, and baking spice on the nose followed by suggestions of chocolate-covered cherry, red currant, lavender, and bitters on the palate. Savory hints of bourbon barrel round-out the plush finish. The wine is medium (+) bodied, with mild tannins and acids and subtly integrated, vanilla-tinged oak. Cinema is a nicely proportioned, versatile wine that will serve well with an assortment of cheeses and charcuterie, roasted meats, stuffed bell peppers, and other hearty fare. It is also a wine for chocolate lovers; pair with medium to high cocoa varieties. (14.5% ABV)

Availability: Francis Coppola Winery’s Director’s Cut line, including Cinema, is nationally distributed and can be found with some regularity at fine wine shops and grocers. Ask your favorite wine merchant about it or visit the winery virtually at www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com for information on how you may order it directly. More recent vintages of Cinema may be available from the winery, and we encourage you to try those, as well.

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