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Café Zoetrope Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
California

The Conversation (1974)
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Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope in San Francisco is the inspiration for this rich Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coppola Winery. A glass or two makes a great partner-in-crime to his 1974 film The Conversation, a tale of murder and mystery shot in the city by the bay and featuring a deeply compelling performance by star Gene Hackman.

THE WINE

From the Sonoma estate of Academy Award winner (and long-time wine buff) Francis Ford Coppola comes this excellentvintage California Cab. Crafted by Corey Beck, Café Zoetrope is an eponymous homage to Coppola’s Italian-inspired San Francisco eatery. “So naturally, this is a wine we made with a big Italian-style feast in mind,” says Corey. He and his team cherry-picked the Cab grapes from top-sited vineyards across California’s Central Coast. Thanks to the quality of the vintage (see below) and time in French oak barrels, you’re in for intense fruit flavor framed by inviting spice. Pass the lasagna …

THE VINTAGE

2014 was an excellent year across California (it was, in fact, the third in a string of terrific vintages – many winemakers we've talked to have said it may even be the best). Steady, mild temperatures throughout summer and minimal rainfall helped winemakers up and down the coast achieve rich, deeply concentrated wines.

THE GRAPE

Oak-loving Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of the reds, loved for its deep-colored, black currant-rich wines. Most famously, it’s the variety that powers Bordeaux’s legendary First Growths; however, you’ll also find plenty of (more affordable) world-class examples around the globe. Fun fact: In Italy, Cab is prized for the depth and complexity it adds to native varieties like Sangiovese.

WITH FOOD

At the actual Café Zoetrope, Corey’s tribute Cab may be served with spaghetti alla carbonara classico (made with guanciale, egg, ground black pepper and Pecorino Romano) or spaghetti and meatballs made with beef, pork and veal. At home, you could easily pair this versatile red with Italian-seasoned roast beef, lasagna or even a meat-lovers pizza.

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