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Wine Find: 2011 Francis Ford Coppola "Director's Cut" Pinot Noir

7:13 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

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From: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, Calif.

Price: $18

Serve with: Grilled chicken, seared tuna steak

This intensely flavorful red wine continues Coppola's role as one of the best celebrity vintners — offering value as well as star appeal. This is a well-made and expertly grown pinot noir with intense black cherry and wild berry flavors. There's a good, Burgundian earthiness to it, as well as hints of smoked meat, It has what you might call a rustic elegance, and it will match up well with a wide variety of foods — with no need to wait for greater maturity.

--Michael Dresser