Apothic Dark Red Blend | How Does it Compare to the Apothic Red?
My recent review of the immensely popular Apothic Red Blend was met with an interesting response. On one side, many readers reacted positively and remarked that it was one of their favorite inexpensive red blends on the market. On the other hand, several readers commented that the Apothic Red was more of a ‘wine cocktail’ loaded with residual sugar and tainted with wine additives.
While I can’t speak to the issue of wine additives in either the Apothic Red or Apothic Dark wines, I completely agree that the Apothic Red tastes somewhat confected and like a ‘wine cocktail’ to a degree. I wrote that it tasted more like a wine that was made in a laboratory than a vineyard, but that its uncomplicated and approachable sweet, ripe fruit flavors would be quite popular amongst many consumers.
And who are we to judge them for liking this style? The reality is that many popular, mass-produced wines are being bolstered with residual sugar to make them more palatable and to soften the perception of alcohol. I publish this blog for novice wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike, and I have quite a few readers searching for the Apothic wines on my site looking for tasting notes. So for you loyal readers looking for review of the just-in-time for Halloween limited-release Apothic Dark, this one is for you – thank you for your continued support!
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Appearance: Pours a dense, deep shade of violet that’s opaque at its core.
Nose: The nose is dominated by aromas of chocolate covered black raspberries and vanilla.
On the palate: The Apothic Dark Red Blend is medium to full-bodied and in keeping with its name is noticeably darker and denser than the standard Apothic Red Blend. Its core reveals slightly sweet, liqueur-like flavors of black raspberry, licorice, coffee and chocolate. While things start off reasonably well, it quickly fall apart on the finish which is even more disjointed, oaky and unrefined than the regular Apothic Red. Minutes after tasting there is a lingering perception of oak, sweetness and alcohol.
Varietal Composition: Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Teroldego
Calories: ~122 per 5 oz. glass.
Residual Sugar: 6.6 Grams Per Bottle
Origin: Lodi, California
Value Rating: 3 / 5
Where to get it: Total Wine
Should you buy? Probably not. Frankly the Apothic Dark Red Blend tastes quite similar to the regular Apothic Red, only with a denser, darker flavor profile and a worse finish. If you can get past the unbalanced finish, there’s a lot of flavor for fans of this slightly sweet, uncomplicated yet flavorful style to enjoy.
Value Proposition | Apothic Dark Red Blend
It would seem that the naysayers are right on this one. Sure, does the Apothic Dark start out with some rich, velvety personality? Yes, but it does taste slightly confected and things really fall apart on the finish – the Apothic Dark actually left a bad taste in my mouth.
There are are simply better, inexpensive options out there such as the Protocolo Tinto, Trentatre Rosso, Alamos Malbec and Epicuro Nero D’Avola to name a few. Yet despite its technical faults, something tells me that the Apothic Dark will still be immensely popular with many consumers and at the end of the day, you should always drink what you like!