Very juicy wine up front, offering up loads of blueberry, plum, and some prune, along with some coffee on the mid-palate. There are some obvious wood tones, cedar and spice. Unfortunately, it is less than the sum of its parts, disjointed and unbalanced. The fruit is too jammy, the coffee too bitter, the finish too sudden and short. It is reasonably priced and might work with heavily sauced barbecue toward the end of the summer, but it is not terribly special.

WHO: Francis Ford Coppola Winery
WHAT: Zinfandel
WHERE: Dry Creek Valley, California
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $18 (Media sample)

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  1. Old Vine Zin

    Great label, though — the old Zoetrope filmstrip of the couple dancing, wrapped around the bottle. Unfortunately, your review of the contents inside the clever bottle is spot on.

    Had high hopes for this one. Maybe next year.