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DIRECTOR'S CUT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. This is the ninth release I have assessed since 2011. Perhaps I am becoming acclimatized to its style,but I seem to have become much more accepting of its intense, complex, cedar-driven, spicy, ripe plummy flavours. Despite the not-so-subtle shroud of a Spanish Gran Reserva oak, this 2015 is certainly one of the better releases! Also, I have to admit that this is exactly what a lot of fans are going to like. As for me, I am pleased to say that it has enough total acidity to carry all these flavours off! Very deep intense purple colour. Intense, spicy, very warm, intense, ripe, plum-cherry purée nose with some intense cedary notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, well structured, spicy, intense, ripe, plummy, black cherry flavours with a lingering, cassis-tinged, cedary finish. This new blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot has 14.5% alcohol and 6.2 g/L total acidity with lot number 0281915 on the lower part of the glass bottle. INow only aged in French oak with 40% new barrels. The best yet - try with a rack of lamb. CSPC 61002
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Nob Est
Country USA
Region California
Rating ***(93 points)
Rich, Spicy, Ripe, Cedary
LCBO Text Status A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
TASTING NOTE: This superbly popular wine offers intense ripe black fruit, cassis and vanilla tones rounded out by oak, with a touch of spice. It's not overly tannic but does have the grip and structure for grilled meats. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2019) Price $ 42.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - September 5, 2020
Cases bought 341 (12 bottles per case)

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