So obviously when I am walking through the grocery store and I see several Coppola wines on sale, I think, "Leave the gun. Take the cannolis."
No really. This is actually why I bought them.
|Coppola Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon and |
Coppola Claret a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec
What I didn't expect, was that I would like the Ivory better. In fact, I have bought it two additional times. It is a great, big wine. Even bigger if you open it about 20 minutes before drinking. I loved it.
I liked the Claret as well, but definitely not as much. Maybe it is because I had the Ivory first. Although I did have them several days apart. Regardless, the Claret just couldn't stand up to it.
I was very, very surprised with the outcome.
I did learn two things during the course of the taste off.
1. Coppola makes outstanding wines. I will more than happily try others under their label... including the Claret again. I still think I may have missed something with that wine. Which means it definitely deserves a second chance. I picked up a bottle of the Alicante Bouschet (Magenta Label) the other day.
2. Always shop around for wine. I have seen the Coppola Diamond Collection (Ivory Label, Magenta Label, and Claret) priced at $17.99 many, many places. However, each and every time I have picked up the Ivory it has been for $12.99. I can think of a lot of other things to spend $5 on, like a wedge of brie from Trader Joe's ... or a Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks.
Looks like I just planned my Friday evening, and my Saturday morning.