This post is now horribly dated, but I figured I might as well publish it. —BC
The 2005 Francis Ford Coppola Rosso Classico is one of the $10 bargain offerings from the great Coppola wineries. This wine is an interesting blend of 51% Zinfandel, 29% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It's got the aroma and flavor of a cherry turnover: some combination of cherry jam, pastry dough, butter, and matching flavors with a hint of sweetness from the Zinfandel. Quite pleasant, though the first couple of sips can be harsh.
I wasn't saving this for a special occasion, but I did think it would be fun to drink along with the last episode of the Sopranos. I was in the hotel room, had a pizza delivered, and sat down to enjoy everything together. The pizza was great, the wine was fair enough, and the episode turned out to be a major disappointment, ruining a great Journey song for all time. It's been all over the news for the past two weeks, I'm not going to rehash it here. After nearly ten years, I expected better.
In the scene depicted in the photo, Tony Soprano is feeding or petting a dog. James Gandolfini's receding hairline should be easily recognizable.