Apothic Winemaker's Blend Red 2008
Dark chocolate, berry-laden deliciousness.
Gr8 wine for the price
I "really liked" the 2007, but I've opened several of these '08's hoping for the same and I"ve been consistently disappointed. Even compared them blind amongst guests and no one's liked the 2008 better. In fact, I tried to say, "Oh good, if you like the wine on the left better (the '07) then I'll pour you some more of it," but they drank the rest of their 08 anyway (just to be polite, maybe) and I feel bad for it. No doubt, the price *is* great, and the 2007 batch was truly a terrific deal. But I feel like I got caught in a classic "Bait 'n Switch." I'm eager to try the 2009, but I will wait to see how it is before I buy more than one or two, though... I'm not sure what to do with the rest of the 2008's. Maybe I can use them to dye Easter eggs?
A little syrupy and a bit of molasses. Cherry cough syrup on the palate, bordering on off-dry.
Soft and sweet. Oak, a little chalky. Also some jerky. Great value.
a full rich red has a toasted brown sugar and/or caramel on the nose which is amazingly seductive, at first it just seemed candied but after about two seconds it turns to this caramel hint. There is also this dark chocolate dipped cherry/blueberry/raspberry note in the nose which adds to the already dark and medium-ish body. Really great.
I really wanted to like this wine, with great reviews from Parker and all. But I, and my friends, had a hard time warming up to it. VERY powerful vanilla notes on the nose, and some candy flavors on the palette. Just not something that we could really get in to.
External Reviews for Apothic Winemaker's Blend Red
Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Leading with sweet aromas of ripe berries and milk chocolate and then following with simple, faintly sugary flavors that do not show a full measure of fruity strength, this slightly rounded and vaguely defined wine is suited to utilitarian gulping with barbecued fare in the near term.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Leading with sweet aromas of ripe berries and milk chocolate and then following with simple
This is a terrific value with loads of ripe, jammy fruit that can withstand a slight chill.
Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of blackberry and dark cherry layered with hints of mocha, chocolate and brown spice. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend. - Winery