Maker: Francis Coppola Diamond Collection, Oakville, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2004 has tempted us from the wine shop shelf for a while, and we finally broke down and tried a bottle. We weren’t disappointed. The aroma is mostly spice and berries, with a bit of vanilla. This Zin is medium bodied, with a bold fruity flavor. Cherry dominates, with plum and chocolate adding interest. The flavor is smooth, rounded, and fruity, with just enough tannins to keep it from being boring; they add a little bite in the finish, along with a tiny bit of oak. This wine is not huge, highly complex, or heavy in alcohol content – it’s just a very pleasing and accessible Zinfandel.
The Francis Coppola website says, “Sourced from old vines in Amador County and cooler vineyards in Paso Robles and Sonoma County, our Red Label Zinfandel has exceptional depth and complexity. Petite Sirah is blended in to further enhance the luscious strawberry jam, cassis, and briar flavors that follow its perfume of dark fruit, sweet spices and toasty vanilla.”
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2004 is an ideal choice for entertaining or gifting – a very accessible wine combined with a celebrity label, the perfect combination.