According to the Apothic website, the winemaker “Boyd Morrison crafts bold, captivating Apothic blends by using only the most distinctive California grapes. From vintage to vintage, Boyd lets the character and flavor of the individual varietals guide the shape of each blend.”
Alcohol content of Apothic Dark is 14.1% by volume, per the bottle.
Price of Apothic Dark is about $13.99.
Apothic Dark Review
In appearance, we saw that the Apothic Dark presents as a very dark deep plum to cranberry color. Practically no light shines through this wine. Red reflections were noted in the glass.
When tipping the glass to allow the wine to coat and create legs, the wine leaves a solid reddish coating on the glass. Legs are slow to form, but once they form there are many.
On the nose, we concurred that the Apothic Dark has two stages of aroma. The first is an initial whiff of alcohol. For the second stage, we noted subtle woodsy fruit and a hint of pipe tobacco.
Regarding the wine’s taste we observed mocha, black cherry and a bit of smokiness.
Apothic Dark is a smooth drinking wine with a cottony mouthfeel. Tannins were felt in the inside upper lip for two of us (men) and on the tongue for one (woman).
The finish is long and lingering, well past a ten count.
After the formal tasting was over, we started pairing this wine with a couple different cheeses in a less formal, social setting. One of the cheeses was a bold goat cheese with a cranberry and cinnamon covering. We expected the Apothic Dark to get washed out and “dried out”. However, that was not the case. This wine is so bold that it holds up to such strong flavors.
The second cheese was also a goat cheese. This one had a garlic and herb covering. This cheese enhanced the sweetness of the Apothic Dark.
Overall, our three opinions were: “One of my favorite wines”, “a bold enjoyable winter wine” and “enjoyable, but since it is so novel in taste, wouldn’t want to drink over and over again as a house wine.”
That third point is important. This wine has a very unique taste and it makes sense that Apothic Wines chose to make this a limited release.
Give this wine a try before it goes away!
Speaking of reviews, check out my review of the Wall Street Journal Wine Club, which I joined. Includes price, Pros and Cons and pictures of what I received.