This week I will review the most frequently consumed wine at my house.
- Wine: Claret
- Price: ~$13 @ Costco
- Vintage: 2008
- Varietal: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 5% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc (from Coppola’s website. I only wish I could taste that well…)
- Winery: Coppola
- Origin: US, California
- Alcohol: 13.5%
We originally tried this wine at the winery back in the early 2000s. It was good and reasonably priced so we bought a few bottles there and stored it for later. A few years later we noticed that it was carried in the local grocery store and when I found it at Costco, we started drinking it regularly. My favorite feature about this wine is that practically every bottle of Claret that I’ve opened has tasted exactly like every other bottle. Even across vintages. The consistency is amazing. The wine itself is very smooth, no taste of oak despite being aged in French oak, no heavy tannins, hints of fruit, some might taste hints of tobacco or chocolate. I can catch those on the rare occasion depending on what I’m eating.
As to pairings, I’ve had this wine with everything ranging from picnic sandwiches, steak, chicken, pastas, and even with a bowl of ice cream. I’ve used it to cut the heat on both Mexican and Thai food as well as chase a sweet rack of ribs. It really goes with pretty much anything in my opinion. Well, the exception to that may be a light or delicate fish with a lemon butter sauce. And technically it goes quite well on its own at the end of a long day. As to my rating, I think its a solid B and its affordability is a very nice added bonus.