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2014 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret – Not the Best Option

Here’s a quick wine review of the 2014 Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection, Black Label Claret.  This is a wine we used to drink quite frequently several years ago, along with others from this line of wines.  They have been quite good over the years.  So we picked up a bottle of the 2014 version to check in and see how things were going.  We were, unfortunately, quite disappointed.  Let’s see why:

img_0906Wine:  2014 Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret  

Winery Location:   Geyserville, CA

Tasted By:   Neil & Cheri          Date:  December 2016

Tasting Notes:  we have liked many versions of this in the past, and were expecting something good.  It is ruby red in the glass, and the nose immediately hits you with ripe fruit, almost overripe.  There a sort of funky, sour aroma and an unpleasant phenolic note.  On the palate there is raspberry and cherry among the red fruit, but also a tart quality.  It does not finish clean, as this medium bodied wine gets some underbrush/dirt tones to leave you with.  We let this sit in the bottle with a pump stopper over two days to see if it improved.  It did not.  We are not a fan of this at all.

Price Point –    normally $13-$15, we paid $9.99, and now we know why.

Would We Buy It?    No.  Not ever.  This is the first bottle we have bought and opened in quite a while that we would (and do) describe as bad wine.  It just started on a sour note and never improved.  Could it have been a bad bottle?  Always a possibility, but I suspect not.  This was very disappointing, and we recommend a host of other wines in the $10-$15 range before you think about purchasing this. We do need to try another bottle and make sure we just didn’t get a bad one.

Sometimes it just doesn’t work.

A votre santé

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