Apothic 2016 Crush Smooth Red (California)
This is a commercial-style red blend that smells chocolaty and tastes almost like maple syrup. It has noticeable sweetness and a soft mouth-coating texture. Jim Gordon
Bottle Size750 ml
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This one was an intriguing test of my judgement. The first thing I noticed is that the cork is not a cork. It is some form of foam wrapped in a synthetic skin which has been colored and painted to look like cork. Further inspection suggests that this synthetic cork is actually performing on par with a quality cork, showing some slight discoloration on the bottom side without very much penetration into the material. Furthermore, there are no signs of any tainting to the wine itself when tasting. The aroma exuded by this wine carries an obvious fruity quality, mainly of black cherry and blackberry, with a hint of what is possibly pomegranate. There is also a background of caramel with a slight nagging of the brain of chicory. The initial taste screams cherry and cocoa, with a smooth blackberry-caramel finish. While it is does tilt to the bitter side, this quality quickly dissipates within several sips.