2008 Apothic Red, a winemaker’s blend from Lincoln Fine Wines

Ravi and I brought a bottle of wine to our friend’s, Carlyn’s, birthday party about a year ago now (Friday, March 12, 2010).  It was a 2008 Winemaker’s Blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Merlot called Apothic Red.  It cost $9.99 from our then new favorite wine store, Lincoln Fine Wines.

I had told the knowledgeable staff that I enjoy fruit forward, full-bodied wines that are neither spicy nor smoky.  Their recommendation of the Apothic Red was spot on!  Ravi, Carlyn, and I all enjoyed it and we decided we would definitely buy it again.  It had good flavors, with dark red fruit and the taste of vanilla.  Yum!  (The label also claimed that one could detect mocha in the wine, but I did not.)


Cakebread Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir

Friday, 2/19/2010

We had a few of Ravi’s friends and colleagues from USC over last night for dinner and we shared two bottles of red wine – one Melbec and one Pinot Noir.  The Melbec was a 2006 bottle from the Bodega Norton Reserva located in Mendoza, Argentina. It was a great deal at only $10. I really enjoyed it; full and fruit forward.

The second bottle, from the Anderson Valley in California, was a gift from our friend Scott.  It was a Cakebread Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir, which sells for $50.  It was wonderful! Fruit forward, good flavor, a bit of spice.  The label on the bottle suggests it: “offers fragrant black cherry and rose petal aromas, with lush black cherry, red plum and blueberry flavors bolstered by ripe tannins, fresh acidity and subtle oak tones.”

Both bottles were “produced and bottled by” their respective vineyards.