Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label 2008 Zinfandel, $15.29, 87 points, is described on that red label as "succulent", and I agree; this is a lush, smooth, and a gulper of a wine. Having a typical Burgundy red appearance and aroma not of cherry, plum, or even blackberries, but of (You guessed it) grape.
The smoothness of black current dominates as I find it, with a bit of bacon-fat, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable at 13.5%. There was floral notes that were accentuated by day three, and once again reminded me of eucalyptus, a pleasure for some, but a distraction for me.
I'm starting to see a trend in Coppola's wines and I expect that to continue as I explore these wonderful wines.
This is a good wine at a good price, especially if you like a medium-bodied wine that is rich and light on the alcohol. My complaints are the finish is a bit short and very little in the way of zesty spice, more a Rich Red Table wine. The label does provide pairing suggestions, which often helps in a pinch, and with this Zinfandel I concur with those suggestions.
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