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- Type: Red wine
- Country: USA
- Region: California
- SubRegion: Napa Valley
- Appellation: Oakville
- Winery: Francis Coppola
- Designation: Blue Label Merlot
In order to give Francis Coppola wine brands a home, the former Chateau Souverain winery was purchased in 2006, a large hospitality and wine... (more...)making facility in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County. Here, visitors can enjoy picturesque scenery and lively tours and wine tastings. They can relax in the café over an espresso, hone their tasting skills with flights of wine, or enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in our restaurant. In addition, significant renovations continue to transform the property into a destination day resort. Soon, visitors will swim, play bocce, enjoy live music, order food from the alfresco grill and peruse the movie memorabilia museum.
Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot Merlot - 2008
This is a pretty inexpensive Merlot that can be found just about anywhere, I have seen it in our wine shops as well as our local grocery store going for right around $10. First impression of this after pouring is it looks lighter to me than what a Merlot should be, but maybe I'm rusty, been a while since I have had a merlot. I check out the nose and I think I get some plum and some oak and wood flavors, but not very strong. I have a sip and the first word that springs to my mind is "warm." There is a bunch of dark fruits going on, that plum and maybe black cherries are there along with a decent oak, good medium body, not very heavy, and the finish is... good. I do want a little more. I pair it up with a ribeye and it's not bad, but after getting into it, this wine can't hang with the steak,, the salt and peppery flavors overpower it. So maybe not really for a strong flavored meal, but hey, for ten bucks, there's not much to complain about.
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