Coup de Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2017 (Ian's Wow Wine)
Overview of the Wine
"One score and three years ago, I met my wife, who was living abroad in France. She was not yet my wife nor did she know she would be. While at a soiree in the French Alps, and with matters seemingly in hand, I sauntered off to the bar to work my French for a refill of Malibu and fruit juice. It was then that I noticed a Frenchman awfully close to my gal, making her eyes flutter and her beret tipsy.
He must have the greatest one liner in the world, I thought as I yelled “FEU!” (‘fire’ in French). Once the room cleared out, I ask my sweetheart what he could possibly have said to make her fall into his arms. Her answer? "He held my hands and asked if I believed in the Coup de Foudre."
After years of thinking he’d called her a cute cauliflower, I consulted a French friend who defined Coup de Foudre
as a lightning strike, something unforgettable-"love at first sight"-be it food, wine or someone incredible.
For the past 20 years, we have had the great fortune and honor to work with wine, savor it, and witness its impact on consumers as they navigate the wonders of wine and the sheer pleasure that it brings. We have watched many people commemorate special times in their lives with wine. A few years ago, we embarked on our path to create a unique wine with elements worthy of a Coup de Foudre.
Now that you know our story, we hope that you will share Coup de Foudre wines with the special people in your lives—and that Coup de Foudre will be part of the stories you are inspired to share with us in the future."
Capture the moment! —John Schwartz
(winemaker Kent Jarman)
Grape / Blend
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot,
2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Napa Valley, California
93 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of baked plums, crème de cassis and wild blueberries plus hints of unsmoked cigars, dusty soil, garrigue and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with a core of juicy black fruit and spicy accents, framed by ripe, grainy tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and layered.
Ian Blackburn's Review
This is a sexy beast! Rich, Rocking and Ready to drink. Purple, plump, and punctuated…. I love this wine.
Price is right for $95 - 95 points on my scale… this will be a hit at your table. FYI Coup De Foudre means an instance of love at first sight…. and yes it was!!