It's always exciting when a friend shows up to dinner with a surprisingly wonderful wine in tow. When I opened this bottle of 2009 Pinot Noir by Francis Ford Coppola ($14), I was instantly in awe of the luscious liquid. It was smooth and drinkable, but not lacking in complexity. It's made in the style of classic French Pinots with grapes sourced from several different appellations. With red berry flavors and Fall-spices aroma, it's a lighter, well-balanced red. It paired well with the roasted salmon I was serving but would be exceptional with chicken dishes or pizza.
Do you drink Coppola's wines? What's your preferred varietal?