Today’s wine is a 2009 pinot noir from California’s Sonoma coast, which costs $17-$19.
This Coppola “Director’s” pinot noir is a step up from the regular Coppola pinot, and it does indeed taste better. It also tastes a little bit like the Archstone that I just recommended, here. And like the Grayson, recommended here. Those are $10 wines, so as you would expect, the Coppola is better.
All three are California pinots, and all have a certain hard-to-define flavor in common, which I’m not used to in a pinot noir. I’m not wild about it. In addition, Coppola Director’s gives you a lot of rose, cherry, and especially cola. Its color is a beautiful dark rose.
It’s nice and smooth, generally appealing, and it doesn’t do anything wrong. However, for a $17-$19 pinot, it’s a little bit too sweet, and it doesn’t taste quite enough like pinot noir, so it juuuuust misses. This California girl is: