Tipple of the Month: November 2020

Apothic Cab

Apothic

There's nothing traditional about popular brand Apothic Wines! Inspired by 'Apotheca', a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, they offer unique blends of Californian grapes, fusing Old World intrigue with modern sophistication. Using Zinfandel, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from selected vineyards in the state's Central Valley, the resultant wines show intense fruit character, rich flavours and soft tannins.

Apothic Cab

The company's first varietal wine, Apothic Cab, is made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. Recent figures show that Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most popular grape varietal in the premium red wine market in the UK. It's also the fifth most popular varietal overall in the country. So, this latest Apothic wine looks set to attract both new consumers and loyal fans of its brand.

Apothic Cab 2019

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Zinfandel, 8% other red grapes.

ABV: 13.5%.

The Apothic winemaking team carefully selected the Cabernet grapes with the most intense fruit profile and the softest, plushest tannins, complemented by jammy Zinfandel. Most of the grapes were sourced from Lodi and the balance was from parent company E.&J. Gallo's Ripperdan Ranch vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Dark ruby veering on purple.

Nose: Notes of black cherries, blueberries, vanilla, milk chocolate and a hint of herbs.

Palate: A silky smooth red wine full of juicy, ripe black cherries, blackberries, mocha, vanilla, soft toasted oak and hints of cassis with a touch of fine black pepper on the finish.

Food Match: Perfect with a beef stew, braised beef and gravy, lamb shanks in a red wine sauce or portobello mushroom roasts.

So with autumn in full swing, this smooth Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect warmer for those chilly nights and a great match with hearty food.

Apothic Cab 2019 is currently available in Tesco for a very good £9.00