Yes you guessed it, I almost hugged my delivery man when he brought my latest shipment for a wine review. It really is just like Christmas every time he rings the doorbell! Lucky me, I get to try these out in exchange for my honest opinion. I am more than happy to agree to that so let me tell you about what I found in my box this time!
I pulled out 3 bottles of Apothic Wines. Red, White and Rose. I have seen these at my market so I was really excited for the chance to try them myself. They are always reasonably priced around $14/bottle, but I’ve seen them on sale several times for closer to $10.
Of course I had to try the red blend first. Reds are my favorite. This 2011 Apothic Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Cab. I was honestly surprised to see Zin and Syrah in the same blend since they each can be so different, I had to jump right in!
It really was very smooth and no one variety overpowered another. It has a bold and deep dark flavor with just a hint of oak and warm vanilla to bring it all together. I found it very enjoyable to sip while I was preparing my dinner and it paired nicely with my simple spaghetti dinner!
Next I tried the 2012 Rose. It is so beautiful just to look at the bottle with the intricate label and deep vibrant pink color of the wine. BUT… it had to be tested, so pretty bottle aside, I opened it up. One of the first things I noticed was the aroma coming from the bottle. Fresh and bold. Upon tasting, you get an amazing flavor of watermelon and strawberry. Not what I had expected from a Zin/Cab blend. Although it has a fruit forward taste, it is not an overly sweet blend. I don’t care for super sweet and I loved this Rose.
Last but definitely NOT least, was the 2011 Apothic White. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato. They are combined just right to create an intense fruit forward wine. Flavors balance with tropical pineapple, peach and just a faint sweetness of honey. It is quite a bold start and a smooth crisp finish. I loved the way you journeyed through each of the flavors as it grew on the palate. This might just be my favorite of the 3 I tried!
Keep your eyes open, I bet you can find these at your market too. Tell me what YOU think!