I am going to do something completely different today. I am re-tasting the Apothic Red which I despised back in May of last year. One of the primary reasons for this tasting is to calibrate my palate. Right after I tasted this wine, hated it and wrote about, the Big Man himself proclaimed it to be his ‘wine of the day’. Imagine what a schmuck I felt. Anyway, that was last year and it was the 2010 vintage. I have the 2011 vintage and am ready to try it again. This time, I am going to write about it as I am drinking it. Here we go……
Dark purple in the glass, there appears to be some effervescence. (That is not a good thing by the way.)
On the nose, that Zinfandel smell of candy again. Not liking….
My first impression is…. …. … Candy. Again with the sickly sweet, overdone sugar water. This is a wine that will be loved by newb’s. It is sweet, lacks structure, has no tannins and is off balance with the acidity. I cannot recommend this wine, to anyone. A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that lacks any fruit characteristics.
For $14, there are millions of other wines that are delicious. 1 star and 80 points (I’m being generous).