Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot 2005 Wine Review (NW)
Inviting aromas on the nose of mixed berries and hints of leather
Smooth texture on the palate
Juicy finish, with plum and hints of spice
The best way I can sum up this wine is with this statement from my tasting notes: "nice second tier Merlot and worth every penny."
If the top tier California Merlots are around $50 or more, it pays to find a few bottles you like on the next rung down. This wine is typically available for about $15, and competes well with wines in a broader price range of, say, $15-$30. Best of all, you'll find it just about anywhere as huge quantities are distributed coast to coast.
I haven't had every recent vintage of this Merlot, but the 2005 is a nice wine. For the soft, smooth, ready-to-drink appeal of Merlot, keep this on your radar. And raise a glass!