Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cab Saub 2011 mini review

We stopped by the Cornwall LCBO location in Oakville and discovered they have a new tasting bar, complete with an Enomatic wine dispenser I first encountered at Corks!
What they are doing is running tastings throughout the week of a number of the bi-weekly vintages features allowing you to buy a roughly 1 ounce tasting of the wine in a try before you buy! An exciting new idea! Walk ins are limited to 4 tastings at a time. It turns out there are also ones at Summerhill and Queens Quay.
Additionally, the Cornwall store offer on the Thursday before the release, for $5 a tasting of 6 wines chosen by the the product specialists in a guided tasting. Very cool! Be sure and check it out!

So we tasted this one at the event. Dark in color, with an oaky nose along with some red berries coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice red berries and cassis to match the nose. On the finish the wine has some peppery, spicy notes along with some firm acidity and some tannins. The finish on the wine is medium in length. I would give this wine a solid 89. I bet if you decanted it or aged it (and it seems to me to be an age able wine) the acidity would calm a bit allowing you to better appreciate the fruit of this wine. It’s just a bit too young for my tastes. That or you need to serve it with some hearty foods.

From the LCBO web site:
Made in: California, USA By: Francis Ford Coppola Pres Rosso & B
Release Date: Jun 22, 2013
Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Wine, Red Wine 14.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

Tasting Note
Quite a rich nose of cassis, vanilla and grilled red bell pepper. Smooth on the palate with velvety ripe tannins. A crowd-pleasing wine that will fit in perfectly at your next summer barbecue alongside beef sliders, or grilled stuffed peppers. (VINTAGES, May 2013)


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