Apothic Red, 2009, California, 13.1% alcohol, is actually a blend of three wines: Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot. It takes its name from the Apotheca, a mysterious area where 13th century European wine makers blended and stored their wine. (Yes, I read that on the Apothic website. I don't know everything for heaven's sake.) It's a beautiful, clear, dark red color - that amazing red that just screams "Christmas". The first sniff of the wine gives you a nose-ful of red pepper and dirt with some sharp, fermented cherries. Wow!
The amazing bouquet makes good on its promise once you start sipping. The wine is full bodied and smooth and tastes of cherries, deep plum, pepper and something that actually warms your mouth. The finish is long and peppery and tingly and actually might make you feel happy that the weather outside is turning frosty. (I say "might" with last winter's epic snow total in mind.)
I will be inviting Apothic Red to our holiday celebrations this year. In fact, at $10-12 a bottle, it has an open invitation.
This paired very well with cheddar cheese, brie, crackers and a family room showing of "From Here To Eternity" (great movie - and even though you can't drink it, I'm going to give that a high rating too).
Facebook: The Winey Mom Pin It Tweet Follow @TheWineyMom