A blend of four different grapes makes Apothic Red an interesting wine to review and drink.
Apothic Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel.
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
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.
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.
2017 Update: The site has updated their tasting notes, saying you can now expect flavors of black cherry, vanilla and mocha. Also, the blend hasn’t changed.
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 long lasting and 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 $9.99. (Updated for the 2017 – 2018 wine drinking season!) Still a great tasting wine at a great price point.