Monday, April 15, 2013

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Apothic Red
Apothic Red 2010

I'm sure you've seen this little gem in the grocery store. I picked it up at Target for a whopping $8.99. The Apothic Red "winemaker's blend" is a combination of four grapes: Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Note that there is no regional designation for the wine -- that means these grapes can be sourced from anywhere within the great state of California.

Review: This wine has nice flavors of cooked dark cherries, cocoa, and black pepper. Given the grape blend, this wine has surprisingly light body and tannins. While this leaves me wanting a more interesting texture, the wine is quite drinkable. In order to garner a broad appeal, the Apothic Red is vinified leaving a bit of residual sugar. Apothic is a produced by the wine giant E&J Gallo -- think Barefoot and Turning Leaf. Many of their wines are made in this style, of off dry to medium sweet.

Food Pairing: I had it with some spicy fajitas! 

Bottom Line: Nice fruit, nice spice and easy to drink. Not terribly interesting and sweeter than I like my table wine, but if someone handed me a glass I would smile and drink it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: California
  • GRAPES: Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Target
What's the damage? Low Price


  1. Meh....too sweet for table wine. Also gave me a hangover.....but I am enjoying your blog!

  2. Excellent review! I am glad that even the savvy wine drinkers like this too!

    Sincerely, the un-savvy wine drinker.

  3. Angela -- I'm with you. Too sweet for me to drink on a regular basis, but I can easily see why people like it.

    Abby -- I will confess, I sent the rest of the bottle home with Tamsen tonight. But if you served it at a party I would happily drink it! :)


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