Original tasting and review : This is Apothic Dark Red Blend, California, 2014, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in September, 2015. Past vintages of this bottling incorporate petite sirah, teroldego and cabernet sauvignon, although I have not been able to confirm that the 2014 vintage contains the same grapes.
Inspired by this wine: Kayaking and gliding like the wind down a swift moving stream.
In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from an eighth of an inch of the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep black cherry fruit and tobacco. From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and lush.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold cinnamon and ripe blackberry fruit, full of lush tannins, with some oak and bright acids to lift the sip. Includes some cocoa, milk chocolate and blueberry. Clean black fruit, tannins and acids lift the sip into your cheeks where it sits still for quite awhile.
In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this another slam-dunk best value in the Apothic line.
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