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Francis Coppola Director’s Frankenstein Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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.


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 oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and intriguing. Last vintage, it scooped 91 points and a gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Enjoy the equally impressive new release – fresh from the stellar 2016 vintage, it boasts that trademark Cab backbone of rich tannins, plus intense, spicy, black-fruit flavors.


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.


WM_Coppola_Corey-Beck-2013The Coppola winemaking team is headed by 20-year veteran Corey Beck. He worked at Napa’s storied Inglenook winery after serving as Cabernet cellar master at the renowned Château Montelena (where he made wine from vines his grandfather, Montelena’s former vineyard manager, planted in the 1970s). Today, Corey is president and chief winemaker at the Coppola estate.


stew_beefwithredpeppers_beansMeaty 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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