|1. Conundrum||2. 1000 Stories||3. Cooper & Thief|
In deep California we find Apothic Wines, purveyors of a range of whites and reds made by the state’s biggest wine exporter, E.J. Gallo.
It produces a red blend of Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel which is a fruit-forward, ripe, powerful, and intense. These varietals are bold enough individually and reared under the enriching California sun and blended, this red is a luscious, fine affair. Its dark fruit layers have hints of spice courtesy of the Merlot while Shiraz adds blueberry compote to the mix. Cabernet Sauvignon contributes concentrated blackberry and structure, and Shiraz brings tannins, licorice, and ripe fruit to the mix. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, the blend of grapes is masterfully balanced, and the finish is long, lingering, and brushed with gentle vanilla and mocha.
This is a style of wine that is versatile. You can share it with friends or enjoy it alone. It is amazing food friendly shining with Italian food and BBQ meats, but just as sumptuous by itself.
Sounds pretty good right? If you have a soft spot for this style of red blend, you will love the following Californian wines.
Top 3 Best Wine Similar To Apothic Red 2021
One great California blend leads to another. If you enjoy the intense dark fruitiness of Apothic Red, the chocolate tones, and the smooth mouthfeel, you may want to try Conundrum Red Blend.
Made with the powerful Shiraz, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this red blend features aromas of ripe berries and plums, brushed with cocoa hints, the palate boasts an explosion of dried fruit, cherries drenched in chocolate, light smoky tones, and a thick stroke of chocolate. Tannins are firm and smooth, and the finish lingers and lingers. Rounded, balanced, big, and smooth, this seductive blend is a perfect alternative to Apothic Red. Serve with grilled meats and dishes that are full of flavor.
If you are seeking the kind of concentration, boldness, and verve you taste in Apothic Red, you need to look no further than a Zinfandel.
For an alternative to Apothic Red, try 1000 Stories Zinfandel. It sweeps in with a raspberry nose that sinks into a bramble, berry palate rimmed with savory notes and dried herbs. You will love this feature: this Zinfandel has oak treatment in old bourbon barrels that adds hints of sweet spirit and burnt vanilla. While this red is not a blend of varietals, it does bring together deliciously complex aromas and flavors with flair and verve. Serve with smoky beef and lamb dishes or chicken with sassy creamy sauces.
Dark and jammy, this California red blend leads blackberry, plummy, and smooth Merlot followed by Shiraz with its peppery, black fruit notes, and Zinfandel with its black fruit and licorice. A tad of Petit Sirah adds blueberry, black pepper, and chocolate while Cabernet Sauvignon brings its classic structure to this blend. Like Apothic Red and 1000 Stories, Cooper & Thief Red Blend is aged in old Bourbon barrels for three months for a bit of smooth, sweet aromas.
The result is a chocolatey, dark, and jammy red wine blend edged with bourbon flavors all framed by soft, velvety tannins underpinned by a subtle heat. Rich, big, and sumptuous, the finish goes on and on. Hints of smoke and leather add baked notes. The alcohol is very high for a wine – 17% – so sip and enjoy with care!
Serve this luscious red blend with grilled or roasted beef and lamb, chicken, and veal.
A Couple More
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Ménage à Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend takes its inspiration from a Right Bank Bordeaux blend. Merlot leads in this beautiful, intense blend exploding with dusky aromas, and ripe, rich black fruit.
Another Merlot-led California blend with Zinfandel and Petit Sirah adding black fruit and pepper notes is Cocobon Red Blend. Rich and silky with layers of dark cherry and vanilla flavors, this warm, friendly red blend is powerful and plush.
Apothic Red is a fabulously intense yet soft wine that is versatile enough to suit any occasion. These California reds are great alternatives to the Gallo offering that will give you hours of sumptuous sipping.
What are California Reds famed for?
First of all, this state is so renowned for its red blends that they deserve a big mention of their own. A distinct style of red wine in California, these blends are often inspired by the blends from the appellations of Bordeaux and the mixes of the Rhône. The best California red bends follow these French styles but with greater depths and intensity owing to this state’s sunshine.
Napa Valley especially has ideal conditions for Bordeaux blend styles. The days are warm, and the nights are cool allowing the perfect ripening of grapes for this kind of blend. While more fruit-forward, richer, and bolder than the French styles that inspire the Californian take, these wines are highly regarded and respected.
The other popular California blend style encompasses a combination of Grenache and Syrah from the Rhône. As with the Bordeaux blends, this style tends to be fuller and more concentrated than the wines of the southern France region. Zinfandel (aka Primitivo from Italy) is also a key player in big, boisterous California red blends.
The typical flavor profile of California red blends embraces ripe blackberry, vanilla, black currant, licorice, and chocolate.
While Zinfandel plays a role in California red blends, it is also the pièce de resistance of reds in this wine-producing state. This California calling card is known for its big personality, rounded mouth, and velvety smooth texture. It brings together an array of fruit flavors like blueberry, cherry, plum, cranberry, and boysenberry all rich with jammy notes courtesy of the intense sunshine. Black pepper and licorice are also important features of Zinfandel along with candy notes and smoky tobacco on the finish. Somehow, this diverse set of aromas and flavors comes together in a confident, sensual wine, richly-bodied that is deceptively elegant feet. In fact, Zinfandel is lighter than Cab Sauv and Merlot. What makes it seem bigger are its tannins, acidity, and high levels of alcohol (also courtesy of the California sunshine).