Apothic Red Blend 2011
Other Red Blends from California
Apothic Red is bold and enchanting, as it captures the dark fruit characteristics of Syrah and Zinfandel. These jammy flavors blend well with the elegant blackberry and black cherry characteristics of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine is further enhanced by undertones of mocha and vanilla.
More than 800 years ago, vintners blended and stored their most coveted concoctions in a mysterious place called Apotheca. In late 2005, a Master Winemaker envisioned an epic red wine combining Old World traditions of blending while realizing a markedly New World style. Thus began the path that led his protégé, winemaker Boyd Morrison, to select grapes from California's bountiful vineyards for this new blended red. Morrison was inspired to blend spicy Zinfandel, with smooth Merlot and lush, dark Syrah to create Apothic Red.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
13 ratings, 12 with reviews
Had no idea that I have been drinking such a sweet wine until I read these reviews. This is one of my favorite, all purpose, red wines. It plays well with a variety of foods and is a good wine on its own as well. I do not consider this a sweet wine, nor has anyone else that has tried it. I typically stay away from sweet wines - and would certainly not consider this even remotely similar to port. Perhaps there was a significant change between vintages? Otherwise I truly can't understand how this could be categorized as sweet. If you are a fan of blends (as I am) give it a try.
- Marina Del Rey, CA
not sophisticated but easy to drink red, what you would expect from such a blend, good price;
Simply awful. As sweet as port. Managed to drink half a glass and poured the rest down the sink. Looking for a negative star rating.
- Smooth & Supple
Loved it! Super smooth red!
- Smooth & Supple
Fav wine under $10 right now
- Smooth & Supple
Something of a wine snob, but no expert by far. My palate has come a long way since merlots and sweet wines. I am equally surprised to see reviews comparing it to a port. I see in the description, jammy...mocha, vanilla but it has more of the rich zin/syrah flavors than anything sweet. If you're not a 'blends' person, this wine may not be compatible with your palate. I went to a recent tasting of Rhone reds, 20 people: 15 people LOVED 2 of the wines while the rest of us pretty much hated them; vice versa for the other 2 wines. I think our palates have a few categories and it may just be we fall on different parts of the scale. I personally loved it by accident without knowing what it was, nor the price. I think it's a great wine, and I love meritages and the stronger reds such as cab, malbec, franc, zin, and syrah. Do not like very sweet regular wine, or dessert wines.
- Smooth & Supple
I'm not a huge red person, but this is amazing!!!
- Earthy & Spicy
I love this, use to drink another similar one, but this one is even better.
- Big & Bold
I'm surprised to hear the negative reviews. Although this wine is sweet I definitely wouldn't call it a port. The trick is pairing it with food. If it's too sweet, pair it with something salty.
- Light & Fruity
This wine is an epic fail. I am not a snob when it comes to wine, but I could barely finish the glass.
I'm picky about red wine, but I love Apothic Red. Such a great blend, perfect balance of flavors.
Wanted to like it. Over the top vanilla and fruit start with very bland, flat finish. Might make a good mulled wine.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.