What to Drink Tonight: Pinot Noir Coppola “Director’s Cut” 2006 California

Wine expert Marnie Old tells us why Pinot Noir Coppola “Director’s Cut” 2006, California, is a a fun bottle to BYO before a movie.

Pinot Noir — loaded with red fruit character and aromatic earth tones — is a prime September wine choice. There’s no better way to showcase the flavors of Indian-summer produce and autumn’s distinctive cuisines.

This fancifully labeled Pinot Noir from Francis Coppola ($21.99 through September) hits all the pinot lover’s hot buttons. Silky texture? Check. Red cherry and black raspberry flavors? Check. The seductive scent of woodsy spice? Check.

Plump and rich in the mouth, it’s juicy enough to stand alone, but is best suited to flattering simply prepared foods, from seared salmon to roasted chicken. Plus, its uncommon packaging and famous namesake make this a great gift for film buffs or a fun bottle to BYO before a movie.