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Apothic Red

Gil Kulers

Gil Kulers

2008 Apothic Red, California

2008 Apothic Red, California

• $14

• Two Thumbs Up

• Interesting aromas of dark berries with a touch of mint. A pretty big wine, but still smooth with lots of dark berry, plum fruits and a touch of mocha. It has pretty distinct vanilla characteristics, which eased after being open a couple hours.

Once upon a time, if a wine didn’t have the varietal on the label in the United States, it was a hard sell. Americans are now more comfortable the concept of a blended wine (You gotta have 75 percent of a varietal in the bottle to be able to use that grape’s name on the label).

Blends are not new. There are well-established blends in places like Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley and the Douro in Portugal. Americans being Americans, we don’t care what grapes they used to blend together, we blend it the way we want. That’s how we roll.

An interesting blend recently flowed across my desk, Apothic Red. It’s a blend of syrah, zinfandel and merlot, which takes it pretty far and wide grape-wise around the wine world.

(Wines are rated on a scale ranging up from thumbs down, one thumb mostly up, one thumb up, two thumbs up, two thumbs way up and Golden Thumb Award. Prices are suggested retail prices as provided by the winery, one of its agents, a local distributor or retailer.)

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Bo Wagner

September 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

Found this wine at Sam’s Club for under $9; actually bought it prior to reading this article in the Food section–but finally drank the bottle last night. I agree, big thumbs up (and for the price, perhaps a few toes too!)