Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
“Coppola’s wines are great in the market, they are recognizable,” says New York Vintners sommelier, Dylan York. “They are fine and expensive, but just not interesting for the a more serious wine drinker who wants to expand their palate.”
“It’s velvety and easy to drink. I like it. Nothing offensive or hard to swallow,” says financial analyst Michael Holcomb.
Verdict: Drinkable, but over-priced for what it is.
Dan Aykroyd Wines cabernet sauvignon 2007
“Not a lot of character or complexity, and very acidic,” says journalist, Sue Rozdeba.
“His wine is as good as his movies,” says director/writer Josh Solomon. “They’re watchable and this is drinkable.”
Verdict: Not great. Hard to finish.
The Jets Uncorked cabernet sauvagnon 2008
“I’d chug it from the bottle at the game to avoid tasting it,” says Solomon.
Verdict: Hard to drink a team’s wine you aren’t rooting for.
Pursued by bear, Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon 2008
“Well-balanced and understated,” says editor Victoria Gomelsky.
“Mineral-y and beautifully complex. It’s precious,” says producer, Sarah Namias.
Verdict: Unanimously loved.
We got together a group of friends --some in the wine business, some not -- to give the wines a taste. We selected four for a closer look. Here's how they rated.