Francis Ford Coppola Archimedes 2009 Cabernet Sauvigon


Sandra and I sourced this bottle of Francis Ford Coppola Archimedes 2009 at the winery.  The winery is a showcase of the directors movie props, that you would expect.  It is worth going to the winery to see the movie props.  The winery was a little crowded, but we had a motivated wine server.

The Archimedes is a Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvigon, of the year of 2009.  Sandra and I bought this bottle after the wine server slipped us a sip.  This was the wineries pricey bottle and around $70, its a deal, compared to Napa wines.

To the wine:

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Sauvigon was light and full of plum and cherry notes.  I was a little surprised at how light the nose was.  It still worked out.

Tasting Phase:  During the tasting phase, I was not super impressed.  I am a tough sell.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a good wine.  I got plum, cherry and very light tannis.  The tasting phase was not warm and it was very light.  This tasting phase had a quality t it.

Finish:  The finish to this wine was very light with a small amount of warmth.  The wine pulls from the middle of the tongue and was not expected.

Ok, this wine was not bad, it just was not spectacular.  I am not being fair here.  Yes we bought the wine at the winery and had a good time.  I just have not been a big fan of the Hollywood wine makers.  Yes we bought several bottles of wine and this wine was pretty good.  Would I buy it again, probably not.  The Coppala winery is surrounded by other wineries making pretty good wine.  Spreading the wealth.

Fawnridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012


This bottle of Fawnridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 was sourced at the Wines of Lincoln event.  This event turned old town Lincoln, California into a walking tour and we went from store to store, tasting the local wines.  It is a little strange that I am writing this review, as I have not been posting a lot, and drinking this wine again.  Sandra and I split another bottle of this wine tonight with some ribs.  It paired really well.  We visited the winery last week and picked up some more of this wine.

To the wine:

The nose:  The nose on this wine was very light, but it was present.  The nose had some sweet berry notes and a light spice.  All and all, the nose was nice.

Tasting Phase: During the tasting phase, there was a light spice and sweet berry taste,  Yes it is a Zin, but it was not a jammy and overly sweet Zin.

Finish:  The finish on this old vine zinfandel was light sweet and had a nice spice notes that fades quickly.  The finish is warm on the tongue.

Ok, since I already told you that I went to the winery, after having this wine to buy more.  The winery is in a no cell area in the middle of no where.  It is local to my home area and its 104 degrees out right now.  It is amazing that grapes grow with all this heat.