Coppola Claret Review (2021) – Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection

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What Kind of Wine Is Coppola Claret?

Coppola Claret is a Cabernet Sauvignon classic Bordeaux-style blend wine. This means that it’s made from California’s most widely planted red wine grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. A Bordeaux-style blend implies an amalgam of other grapes like Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and others. The Coppola Claret, you’ll find, is a smooth and balanced mix of Petit Verdot, Petite Syrah, and Malbec, along with the signature Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Coppola Claret is one of the top 3% wines in the world (2015 vintage). It has a tapestry of smooth tannins and highly concentrated fruit that lends it a potent mix of succulent flavors of wild berries, cherry, plum, and candy. The Coppola Claret, with its flavors, full body, and long finish, makes for a rich and charming wine that is bound to make you want more.


Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret Review

  • Winery — Francis Ford Coppola
  • Country/Region — United States, California, Napa Valley
  • Type — Californian Red Blend
  • Aroma — Plum, Blackberry, Tobacco, Seasoned Oak
  • Grapes — Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Petit Verdot (17%), Petite Syrah (2%), And Malbec
  • Taste — Cherry, Cassis, Violet Candy, Roasted Espresso
  • Alcohol Content — 13.9%
  • Sugar — Dry
  • Pairing — Beef, Lamb, Game (Deer/Venison), Poultry

For those of you who haven’t tried the Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret, find a bottle in your nearest store or online. A classic Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes makes this wine a must-add to your collection. With its elegant look and classy, supple taste, the Coppola Diamond Claret will not disappoint. If you are looking for a wine that is smooth, deep, complex, the Coppola Claret is your go-to bottle.

Overall Rating: 4.4

Positives
  • Classy And Supple
  • Smooth On The Palate
  • Affordable And Easy To Find
  • No Added Sugars
Negatives
  • Perhaps A Tad Grippy

Tasting Notes

The clay-loamy-alluvial soil of Alexander Valley lends itself to the rich flavors of the Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the region. The cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers give the Cabernet Sauvignon an extended growing season that enhances the wine’s full body and results in a long finish. It is compact with subtle cherry, cassis, violet candy, and cocoa flavors, as well as fragrant spices and supple tannins. The wine matures for around 14 months in French oak. You’ll notice this, along with the salty minerality in the wine.

Appearance

Coppola Claret is a clear, dry red wine. It has the Cabernet Sauvignon’s deep ruby red and the Malbec’s purple hues. These combined with the Petit Verdot and Petite Syrah make the Coppola Claret deep, dark, opaque and concentrated. The bouquet is extraordinary with vibrant blackberries, cherries, and oak. Undoubtedly a bold wine.

Aroma

The Coppola Claret is pleasing on the nose. Upon opening, it delivers a scent of blackberries, seasoned oak, tobacco, and plums. The wine also carries the subtle fragrance of roasted espresso and a hint of vanilla and spices like anise. A touch of caramel, when swirled, adds to the Coppola Claret’s rich and luscious aroma.

Taste

The Coppola Claret makes for an interesting palate experience. Cherries, violet candy, roasted oak, and cassis are the most prominent flavors in this wine. It leaves a lush, round mouthfeel. You’ll find a little plummy and a little oaky in the middle of the tongue. A fruit-forward wine that is moderately high in tannins makes the Coppola Claret a tasty wine. It has a hint of dark chocolate flavor to it. It is notably rich and luscious, and clean.

Finish

The long growing season produces a highly concentrated fruit that enhances the wine’s full body and long finish. The spice lingers around mid-palate and leads into a long, satisfying finish. You’ll undoubtedly relish the end chocolate notes. The dark-rich fruit notes of blackberries and cherries are prominent, making the wine seem richer. With such a rich finish, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with this charming blend. Accordingly, Coppola Claret reviews are only exceptional.

Rating

A Cabernet Sauvignon is unmatched. This is undebatable. But there’s something just right about Coppola’s blend of fruit—the Cabernet Sauvignon with Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Petite Syrah. A rich flavor that’s highly approachable. It isn’t a wine that you buy just once. It’s a wine you buy by the crate because you just have to have a bottle for every occasion, from banishing rainy day blues to birthdays to promotions and ‘just because.’

Coppola Claret Food Pairing

The Francis Coppola Claret is best paired with beef, lamb, game (deer/venison), and poultry. A great food pairing with this wine would be roast chicken or gourmet stuffed hamburgers. It also stands out very well in a red wine sauce with braised beef. How can I forget pasta?

Serve the Coppola Claret during an early afternoon lunch with pasta and salad. It will even offset a cheese or charcuterie board if you don’t feel like cooking. Since red wine goes well with almost all meats, the suggestions for food pairings with a Coppola Claret could be endless. However, a personal favorite of mine is Coppola Claret with a beefsteak or braised lamb chops.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes Coppola Claret?

The blend is a classic Bordeaux style, pioneered by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which is a venture of Francis Ford Coppola, makes this rich and aromatic Claret wine. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located in Napa Valley, California, also known as Wine Country.

The Coppola family’s winemaking journey began in a basement in New York City. If that isn’t an eyebrow-raiser, consider the following fact. The first of the Coppola wine was made in cement vats. No, it wasn’t an ambitious wine that needed fancy bottles, labels, and such. It was during the Prohibition, you see. And so the first Coppola wine was an everyday one designed to bring joy around a table as the family sat down to dine together. The idea and sentiment were as simplistic as life in the early 1920s.

A little fame, some money, and a little twist of fate later, Francis and his wife bought the Niebaum Estate with dreams of turning it into a summer house with perhaps just about enough of a vineyard to gift bottles to the family on Christmas. Three decades later, the Estate and the wine brand are as mysterious and legendary as Francis Coppola himself. His zest for life and passion for wine reflects in all vintages under the Coppola brand. The Diamond Collection, if you weren’t aware, is a collection of fourteen wines. The premise is that there’s a perfect bottle regardless of what occasion you are celebrating.

How Is Coppola Claret Made?

The key ingredient in making the Coppola Claret is the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes—a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. For those interested in a complete breakdown of ingredients, the Coppola Claret wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Petit Verdot (17%), Petite Syrah (2%), and Malbec (1%). The moderate to high tannin levels and concentrated flavors of the Californian Cabernet make it a sensational food wine.

Where Is Coppola Claret Made?

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located in the heart of Alexander Valley, in Sonoma County, California. Considering the soil’s richness in sediment, clay, calcium, sand, and young volcanic rock it is no wonder that the Cabernet Sauvignon has complex and intense flavors of blackberries and high tannin levels.

How to Serve Coppola Claret?

Full-bodied red wines, such as the Coppola Claret, are best served at 59-68°F (15-20°C). The wine tastes much better when it is cool. A room-temperature red wine has a stronger sweet-spicy taste. If served alongside a meal, a warm red wine can get overwhelming. When chilled, a red wine presents the best version of its fruits.

Also, red wine tends to warm up in the glass. A typical wine serving should ideally be around 5 ounces, leaving extra space at the top of the wine glass to hold the aroma when you swirl the wine. A cool glass of Coppola Claret, along with braised beef or lamb chops, could go a long way. If you want to impress your dinner date without breaking your wallet, this is the bottle for you!

How Much Does Coppola Claret Cost?

A supple, superior, and vintage wine, the Coppola Claret price is slightly higher than your average wine. You’ll find that a 25 ounce (750ml) bottle of Coppola Claret fits within the range of $16 – $25.

How Long Does Coppola Claret Last?

If there is no expiration date on the bottle, then check for the vintage date. In the case of Coppola Claret, as it is a red wine, add two years to the vintage date. This is all provided the wine is stored properly. The best way to store wine is to lay the bottles on their sides in a cool dark place at around 60°F (15°C) Red wines such as the Coppola Claret last 2-5 days after they have been opened.

How Many Calories Does Coppola Claret Have?

The Coppola Claret calories add up to around 125 per serving (5oz). The breakdown is 100% carbs (3g), 0% fat, and 0% protein. For those interested, the Coppola Claret alcohol content is 13.9% per average serving of 5oz.

Conclusion

For those of you who haven’t tried the Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret, find a bottle in your nearest store or online. A classic Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes makes this wine a must-add to your collection. With its elegant look and classy, supple taste, the Coppola Diamond Claret will not disappoint. If you are looking for a wine that is smooth, deep, complex, the Coppola Claret is your go-to bottle.

It makes for the perfect wine to have for a dinner date or to gift a friend on a special occasion. Take it to a house warming or buy it to admire it. The Coppola Claret is without a doubt worth the price paid for it. The flavor and aroma of berries, chocolate, and espresso almost transport you to a feeling of paradise. The fishnet, the gold, the label, everything screams class. To sum up my review, I invite you to partake in a sip, slurp, or a seductive swirl of this charming red wine. After which I can assure you that it will be a permanent fixture on your shopping list. Under a beautiful starry sky with a candle-lit setup, this wine holds the power to make you fall in love!

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