You know, there are some nights where you come home and you don't really want an adventure, you really just want a good glass of wine, something you've had before and you know provides you with a consistent wine experience. Well that's where I am tonight, and I reached for a nice bottle of 2010 Coppola Claret in the black label bottle that I picked up last weekend. It's one of those wines that you know will be good to drink, with no risk involved, just what you need after a long day!
The color of the wine is deep garnet, with brighter ruby along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of leather, raisin, a hint of mint and some floral notes dancing around the perimeter. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward, with some nice ripe berries and a hint of tartness that quickly transitions into some dried herbs and a bit of spice midpalate. The bright tannins then emerge, supporting the long, dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it's a great everyday drinking wine and I've been a fan for probably the better part of a decade. And it's not a bad value either at around $15. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some roast chicken, potatoes and steamed green beans almondine, and though it's not a typical wine to enjoy with poultry, it does lend some nice accents to the herbs from the roasting process that makes it a lovely combination. The day is done, now it's time to relax!