Wine review: Apothic Red Wine 2008 California

apothic redOne word: Delicious. If you’re one for lovin’ on sweet-ish, juicy smackin’, full-bodied reds, RUN, don’t walk, to pick up this bottle. The wine’s maker is a bit of a mystery and apparently, it’s the second year this cultish wine has been produced. But luckily, it doesn’t bear the cult price. A red wine blend of Syrah,  Zinfandel and Merlot, it’s deceptively easy to drink –you might call it a white wine drinker’s red. Plush tannins, cola, sweet chocolate, oaky vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, black cherry and raspberry define this multi-layered grog. Very impressive for its very small price.

Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
: $9 – $13
Occasion: Tasted at a consumer wine tasting.
Food pairing: Salty cheeses, barbecue, burgers, pizza
Availability: Fine wine shops and grocery stores that know what they’re doing.
Available in Tampa Bay at: Vintage Wine Cellars, Ed’s Fine Wines, Carrollwood Fine Wines (11401 North Dale Mabry, Tampa FL 33618, 813-963-2776)

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