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.
Apothic Red Review
To 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.