Apothic Dark Wine Review

From Modesto, California, Apothic Dark is a limited release red wine blend from Apothic Wines.  For this review of the 2012 Apothic Dark, tasting assistance was received from a couple close friends who have helped before and have great palates for wines.

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.

If you are interested in comparisons, check out my previous review of Apothic Red, also from Apothic Wines.

Apothic Dark Review

apothic darkIn 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!

SPECIAL UPDATE – APRIL 2014:  A lot of people really like this wine and have been asking me when we might see another release of Apothic Dark.

So, I decided to contact Apothic Wines and ask.  I let them know who I was and that a lot of people are interested in this wine.  Below is their response to my email.  Sorry folks…  it doesn’t look good.

“Dear Jon,

Thank you for contacting us regarding Apothic®. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your inquiry.

Our Apothic® Dark was bottled as a limited edition, seasonal item that we may possibly produce again in future years, but for now, there are no plans to bottle any more.  For further information on our Apothic Wines.  “Like” us on Facebook.

We hope this information is helpful, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.

We know you have many wine and beverage choices, so we thank you for choosing Apothic®.

Sincerely
Apothic®

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Comments

  1. Crystal Sage says

    I absolutely love this wine. I also Love Apothic Red. I just can’t find the Dark out here. I live in Oceanside, Ca and I bought it in my neighborhood liquor store and he can’t get it either :-( it was a trial run for his store…

    Crystal Sage

  2. says

    Thanks for the comment, Crystal. Apothic Dark is getting harder to find just about everywhere. I bought the last couple bottles at my local store and the people that helped me with the review just ran out and got the last three bottles at their local store. I’m hoping they release more in the future. Cheers!

  3. Leighton Abbott says

    Fantastic wine. No longer available in Virginia. Found it in Florida and bought two cases. Please let me know when it will be available in Virginia.

  4. Joyce says

    We LOVE Apothic Dark! We purchased 2 cases when we realized it would be “hard to get” later. Well, we have one bottle left, and are searching for more! Sent a message to Apothic … let’s see when it will become available in the Charleston area again Can you suggest another wine that is somewhat comparable?

  5. says

    Hi Joyce, thanks for the comment! The closest I’ve tasted is Apothic Red. You might also try Cupcake Red Velvet. But, truthfully, Apothic Dark is very unique so keep that in mind. Good luck… I hope they get back to you with some positive news!

  6. Bethany says

    If you like Apothic Dark and are looking for wines with similar smoky & dark fruit qualities, try Carnivor Cabernet or Dark Horse Cabernet. They are now my go to wines, as I can’t find Apothic Dark in Dallas anymore. Salut!

  7. Nick says

    “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).”

    Why the HECK do you think the gender is relevant here? God didn’t give men and women different mouths.

  8. Dunayer says

    I NEED THIS WINE!! I saw it in the store and said hmmmm this looks interesting. I tried the Red and the White so I just bought one bottle. NOT THINKING IT WOULD BE THE LAST BOTTLE ON THE PLANET!! After my husband and I drank it I read the bottle and noticed “limited release”. I immediately reached out to a friend that works at the liquor store (I’m not an alcoholic. I just have peoples!) and he told me there’s no more and you can’t order it ANYWHERE! After about 20 liquor stores later I finally gave up…….I NEED THIS WINE!!! HELP! :’O(((

  9. says

    Hi Joann, thanks for checking out my site! I’m a wine blogger and reviewer, so I don’t actually make or sell wine directly. I’m really just a wine consumer like you…

    Now, with that said, I went ahead and contacted Apothic about Apothic Dark and when it might be released again. Just like you, I want to know too.

    When I get a response back, I’ll update my review so everyone will know when we might expect to be able to buy it again. Cheers!

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