Apothic Red Wine Review

A blend of four different grapes makes Apothic Red an interesting wine to review and drink.  For this tasting I re-enlisted help from a previous tasting assistant, Miss Jonelle, who did a great job providing her analysis for a previous review.  She did a great job on the Apothic Red as well and the review below covers both our thoughts on this wine.

For comparison purposes, check out my reviews of Apothic Dark and Apothic White from the same winemaker.

Apothic Red Review

Apothic RedTo start, the cork was soft but in good shape.  Dark in the glass, Apothic Red demonstrated slow falling fat legs that looked like fingers.  This gave us our first indication of it’s richness.  The wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

We both noticed a good hint of alcohol in the aroma, 13.1% according to the wine maker.  The nose was of dark, jam like fruit with perhaps a hint of licorice.  According to the winemaker’s web site, Apothic Red “reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry, complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla.”  We didn’t pick up on all those aromas but the nose was enjoyable nonetheless.

Tasting revealed just how good Apothic Red is.  I sensed deep fruits, some butter and the tiniest hint of bitterness.  For Miss Jonelle, it was fruit and black cherry.  The finish was excellent. We described it as silk and satin.  As New Englanders we even gave it one of our highest seals of approval, calling it “wicked smooth!”

Overall, Apothic Red is highly recommended.  A great cocktail party wine that is a smooth, fast sipper on it’s own.  Though, I could see it paired with a rich vanilla ice cream.  Yum!

Apothic Red price about $9.00.

Speaking of reviews, check out my review of the California Wine Club, which I joined.  Includes price, Pros and Cons and Pictures of everything I received.


  1. Marilyn says

    This is my favorite wine! I drink it a lot and when I have to have something else or to try to mix things up I’m disappointed. Away on business I was with a woman who was working for me and after work we were going to get a bottle of wine and relax – I told her Apothic Red is the only wine I drink anymore and to my surprise she said she was the same way! She said she and all her friends are hooked on it. Its just a really, really good red wine.

  2. Steve Boydell says

    Just read your review of Apothic Dark. It has just arrived here in Calgary, Alberta Canada. On Sale in Alberta at Sobeys Liquor store for $10.99. Looking forward to tying this as Apothic Red is one of my favourites

  3. Jessica says

    I did not like this wine. I am a person who does not like alcohol. I want a wine that taste more fruity and less alcohol.

  4. Fortune like the Cookie says

    Apothic Red is my family’s go-to for drinking, dinners, and gifts. We love how ultra smooth it is, and that dark fruit taste. We do agree that it needs at least an hour or two to rest decanted, this seems to change the flavor completely. We have gotten bottles for as low as $8.99, and we typically keep at least two on hand at all times. Love it!

    • says

      Thanks for the comment! Keep an eye out for Apothic Dark around the holidays. It’s very limited but everyone I’ve talked to loves it when they can find it. It’s even smoother and darker. Cheers!

  5. Rick says

    Love the apothic, prefer blends overall and am a big old vine red zin fan but not many are so what I like about apothic is I can open a bottle of this and everyone will drink it happily and still gives me my zin fix. Here in Calgary, Alberta Canada I can pick it up on sale for $9.99 which is a great price point for such a great wine

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Rick. I like your point about serving Apothic as a wine everyone will drink. Same goes at my house, or when I bring a bottle to someone else’s. Cheers!

  6. Natalie says

    I happened to try Apothic Red nearly 6 months ago when I hosted an evening with friends. It is hands down one of the best red wines I have ever had!!! I absolutely love this wine and truly enjoy every sip. I am simply blown away by the negative comments here about it. Someone mentioned in an anonymous post that there are 2 kinds of wine drinkers, those who enjoy a sweet red and those who enjoy a dry red… This is definitely on the sweeter side. LOVE IT!!! It is priced at $15.95 here in Windsor, Ontario (Canada) I happened to try a similar tasting wine this evening, Yellow Tail Big Bold Red ($13.95 price point), very tasty s well… Thanks for posting the review! Cheers!

  7. eric says

    I have never been much a wine person, however needed a bottle of wine for dinner tonight and a customer at a local store directed me to this wine and said I couldnt go wrong. Not only did I enjoy it, but each of my guests commented on how good the wine was. it was excellant.

  8. Anonymous says

    You can’t make everyone happy …There are two kinds of wine people, the kind that like sweet red wine and the kind that like dry. If you don’t like a wine that tastes even a little sweet then this one is not for you. If you are a person who loves sweet wine then this one is the best one you will ever taste, period, end of sentence, full stop. Drink your dry mouth puckering red wine. It just leaves more for us!!!!

  9. Rusty says

    I agree – wicked smooth is an accurate description. I thought I had settled on a Gnarly Head red blend as my favorite, I picked up Apothic because it was pretty and I like to try new things at this price point ($11.99 in my neck of the woods) – I was surprised at the drink-ability, and it immediately became my favorite.

  10. says

    Is that vanilla?! I thought it was tobacco! I’m not a fan of vanilla, but I do love this wine. I am sipping it now as I read this. Just had to see what others thought as I enjoyed my third glass. Thanks for your review. (ps – here in Canada we’re paying about $15 per bottle.)

  11. Scott says

    Read your review, tried it tonight and found it delightfully pleasant, especially for the price. Thanks for your review, Jon.

  12. joyce says

    I agree with Amy. I too love full bodied wine, but this wine did not appeal to me at all. I have not been able to put my finger on what is off-putting about the taste. Perhaps it is the overtones of vanilla? The sweetness? Not exactly sure. I do agree with others that the body, aroma and color are great.

  13. Psorr says

    Amy, great assessment . I’m not picky but the cloying sweetness was too much for me. Better wines (less sweet) at similar price points.

  14. Karen LaPine says

    I was introduced to this wine from my sister. I have to say that I was very impressed with Apothic Reds smoothness and cherry notes. I will now enjoy this new blend as it is impressionable on the diverse notes
    and also easy on the budget. Thank you for a wine that is amazing and affordable.


    Hi Jon,
    I absolutely love this wine. Apothic Red has become my everday drinking wine either by itself or with meals. It goes great with barbeque. I cannot get over the wines quality in flavor, body ,aroma, and color at such a reasonable price. I have purchased this wine for as low as $6.99 a bottle on sale from Bottle Bargains with an average price of $9.99. To all of Jon’s readers : Do not let the price fool you, this is a quality wine at a very reasonable price that you would be confident serving to your friends and family. I typically prefer Cabernet, Syrah, Red Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir and have found this blend to be quite delicious. Enjoy with a few good friends. Mike

  16. Amy says

    Hi… I love a full-bodied wine, am accustomed to oak and I’m not anti-blend. In the glass this wine is beautiful and I liked the alcohol in the nose. That said, I SO disliked this wine, and the very similar Cupcake Red Velvet (even worse, IMO), that I’m becoming afraid to buy any blend I haven’t tried before. That sweet, up-front vanilla (perhaps not the best description but it’s as close as I can get) on the palate is so off-putting to me, so how do I know what NOT to buy in the future? It seems impractical to stay away from all oaked reds, so are there descriptive terms I should watch out for? This is an honest question and I would really appreciate any insight. TIA!

    • says

      Hi Amy… I think your description is pretty good, actually. Both Apothic Red and Cupcake Red Velvet have Zinfandel in their blend. So, check the back of the bottle for the blend before you buy. Also, look for terms like “black cherry”, “jammy”, “fruit forward”, etc. You mentioned “vanilla”, that’s another one to watch for. Look for anything that might hint as to how sweet the wine might taste. It’s not foolproof, however. I’ve often tasted a wine and wrote down what I tasted. Then, looked at the bottle or the wine’s official tasting notes on their web site and disagreed with their descriptions.

      Another thing I’ve noticed is that the sweeter blends seem to come from, and be marketed to, the U.S. I was recently talking to a package store owner and he was telling me that the sweeter blends are what’s selling best these days, so we may see more come down the pike.

      A different “blend” that’s not sweet at all (or at least not in my opinion) are the Super Tuscans from Italy. The base of those blends is usually Sangiovese. You may want to try one for the sake of comparison. Hope that helps a little… Cheers!

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