I was impressed with the 2012 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California but the 2013 vintage may be even better. Francis Coppola Director's Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2013 is a great example of that superior quality.
This wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. The grapes are grown in the Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley and Dry Creek areas of Sonoma County and aged in 55% French oak and 45% American oak. The winemaker has done a magical blending of these grapes to achieve a very drinkable wine with 13.5 % alcohol.
This wine has flavors of blackberries, cherries and a little vanilla. I found this to be full flavored with medium oak tones. You can buy this wine online for about $20 but I bought it at Total Wines, where it is normally priced at $14.49. My coupon reduced it even more to less than $12.00. In my opinion this is a $20 wine and I will buy it any day for $12, so I now have a new reason to go back to Total Wines.
SC Wine Joe rating = 90 points