Apothic has just released their 2014 offerings of the Apothic Dark (2014) and the Apothic White (2014). As is usually the case with Apothic, the flavors from these two make them very pleasant stand-alone wines and even better when paired with a food plate. These two wines are based upon careful craftsmanship, and produced with the intent to meet the New World expectations of the American consumer.
Winemaker Debbie Juergenson has matched dark fruit flavors in the Apothic Dark to blend carefully with chocolate and coffee. This combination sets the wine off from many others when the coffee and chocolate flavors are combined. Juergenson was able to achieve this by crafting Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot andTeroldego. The blend ends up smooth and silky on the palate.
Grapes for the Apothic Dark were selected from vineyards in the Lodi AVA. As is typically the case with Lodi wines, the soil conditions vary from vineyard to vineyard, adding complexity to the blend. Lodi AVA is known for its warm growing season and the 2014 crop of grapes showed that at harvest. With good soil management, careful irrigation and vine management, the 2014 harvest arrived a bit earlier than normal, resulting in a harvest which was designed to turn into good wine production. (This paralleled 2014 harvests throughout California, where the 2014 crop was considered to be one of the best in recent memory.)
Harvest for the Apothic Dark occurred during the evening hours to allow the grapes to reach the winery cool and ready for processing. Prior to fermentation the grapes were cold-soaked for 24 hours and then went into fermentation at temperatures no greater than 90˚. The controlled temperature allowed for superior color and flavor as the wine fermented. Post fermentation saw the wine go into oak which brought out the coffee overtones.
The 2014 has turned out to be a very nice wine at the price point and will hold its value for three to five years.
The Apothic White (2014) is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio grapes sourced from the grapes of California’s Central Valley. This is a medium bodied white resilient with flavors and aromas reflecting the individual strains of grapes used.
The White gets it floral background from the Riesling, the Chardonnay introduces the texture and body of the wine and the Pinot Grigio adds a fruity pineapple undertone to the total package. The wine was harvested earlier than in other years, again thanks to the amazing growing season found throughout California in 2014.
The Apothic’s grapes underwent a night harvest, keeping the grapes cool while preparing for initial fermentation. After harvest the grapes were separated so the solids were removed and the juice was clear and aromatic. Actual fermentation was cool-processed and the different grapes retained their characteristics to make the overall blend not only highly aromatic but also identifiable.
A small percentage of the grapes underwent malolactic fermentation and the result was a smoothness followed by a tang of acidity. Aging occurred in oak which gave the final product a touch of vanilla when tasted.
This is a light and somewhat acidic wine (pH 3.33) with an alcohol content of approximately 12.0%.This is a drink-now blend and goes well with flavored cheeses or a seafood dish.
With the Apothics (Dark and White), you have a choice of two good wines with a price point of about $14.00.
Enjoy and have a winederful day!