• 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.
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