Original tasting and review : This is Apothic Crush Limited Release Red Blend, California, 2013, a unique blend of petite sirah and pinot noir, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled a mere 2 years from vintage date, in February, 2015.
In the glass: Deep magenta and purple, opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep fruit, though somewhat generic in style - think California appelation merlot. Still, it does have a nice furriness and depth. From the aroma, seems like this will be full and friendly.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact thick, velvet ropes of milk chocolate fruit, positively oozing sweet friendliness. Flavors include ripe blackberries and very ripe blueberries, wrapped in soft furry tannins. Virtually no acids. Finish stays with the fruit and fades fairly quickly, but leaves a lingering aromatic hint of that very apparent milk chocolate. Nothing cloying though.
In summary: Overall, rates four stars with a big shout out for its pure friendliness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Awesome value at its bargain price point. You just likely won't see it on the market for long.
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