There are few wines I buy repeatedly. This is especially true since I started this blog. It’s not that I don’t enjoy great wines worthy of repeat drinking, it’s just that there are so many wines to try. If I were to try one wine per day for the rest of my life, I’d only be able to enjoy approximately 18,250 wines. There are 10,417 wineries in the U.S. alone, so clearly it will be impossible for me to try everything out there. So why would I buy the same ones over and over? Seems like a bit of a waste to me.
Well, there are exceptions to every rule. This evening we enjoyed one of those exceptions, the Coppola Claret. We were first introduced to this wine by Italian Red-Headed Friend several years ago and we’ve been buying it ever since. Just one of those wines you can’t get enough of. The beautiful bottle doesn’t hurt either.
To: Alleged Blog Readers
Date: November 1, 2015
Wine: Francis Ford Coppola Claret 2012
The wine has been opening up in my glass for the last half hour or so. Berries on the nose and a bit of musty leather. Exceptionally smooth. Really just lovely. Deeply fruity. A beautiful plum color. The tiniest hint of tannins on the finish. One of those wines that’s perfect on its own or with a bit of food. The perfect accompaniment to stinky cheese and black truffle pâté and the homemade sausage, spinach and potato soup we whipped up in the crockpot.
Claret is the English word for Bordeaux. Apparently it stems from clarus, the Latin word for bright or clear, and was historically used to refer to red wines that were light in color. Today, it’s used as a term to describe red wine from the Bordeaux region or France, or any wine made in that style.
This particular bottle is actually a California blend of principally Cabernet Sauvignon “blended in the classic Bordeaux style.” Turns out that Coppola’s inspiration for his Diamond Collection Claret was a bottle of 1906 Claret discovered in the cellar of the Napa Valley property he bought in 1975. I really hope that in the next property Husband and I buy, we find some epic wine bottles hidden somewhere.
For between $14 and $18 a bottle, depending on your locale, you can’t go wrong. I’d recommend saving yourself a trip to the store and would buy a case for good measure. Winter is coming and you can never have enough wine.
 Based on the average life expectancy for an American woman, I’ll live until I’m 81. This gives me 50 more years to imbibe. Assuming I have 2.5 children, that’s 22.5 months I won’t be able to try one wine per day, reducing my potential wine consumption by at least 675 bottles. #winoproblems
 As of 2014, per the Wine Institute.
 The other exception is pretty much any wine from Michael David, specifically the Petite Petit Sirah.
 Left over from last weekend’s wine tasting adventure.
Pronounced Claret like Carrot, not clar-ay. Listen here.
 They often drink Claret with dinner at Downton Abbey. You can now purchase your own Downton Abbey Claret. It’s on my list.
 Read more history on the origins of Claret from Dr. Vinifera here.
 Probably why I love it so much. #CaliforniaCabForTheWin