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Francis Coppola Director’s Frankenstein Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
California

Frankenstein (1931)
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"The Monster" is Boris Karloff's signature film role, and much like a finely crafted bottle of wine, his performance is the result of dedication, study and collaboration with other expert filmmakers. A daily five-hour makeup application, heavily weighted boots and skillful direction by James Whale contribute to the character's haunting presence, but Karloff’s ultimately tender and human portrayal is what truly brings the Monster to life. Prepare to be stirred by Dr. Frankenstein's creation and this thrilling Cabernet Sauvignon.

THE WINE

From the Sonoma estate of Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola comes this electrifyingly delicious 'Director’s' cut – a creation that embodies two of Coppola's greatest loves: wine and cinema. Like the gothic film for which it's named, this Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and intriguing. 2014 was a stellar vintage, with ideal temperatures and a long, dry growing season yielding particularly ripe grapes – so in addition to that trademark Cab backbone of rich tannins, you’re also in for a dose of intense cassis, black currant and a touch of spice from expert oak aging.

THE GRAPE

Cabernet is the king of the reds, loved for its deepcolored, black currant-rich wines. Most famously, it's the variety that powers Bordeaux's legendary first growths, like Château Lafite and Château Margaux. However, you’ll also find plenty of world-class examples in California. The best known (and expensive) reds come from the Napa Valley and Sonoma, but there are many hot spots along the Central Coast that deliver big bang for your buck.

THE WINEMAKER

The Coppola winemaking team is headed by 20-year veteran, Corey Beck, who worked at Napa's storied Inglenook and also served as the cellar master at Château Montelena – the estate whose Cab catapulted California into the global spotlight when it bested its Bordeaux counterparts at the Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976. So in terms of Cab expertise, you're in very good hands here.

WTIH FOOD

Meaty stews beef, pork or lamb – with a thick, lip-smacking sauce and fork-tender root vegetables are a top pick for Frankenstein Cab. It'll also be a great bottle if you're ordering a pizza. Go for extra cheese or a meat lover's special. Thinking about making a special roast beef for dinner with friends? Serve it with this and you’ll get rave reviews.

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