2008 Apothic Red: Smooth, slightly sweet, good for the price
nov. 5, 2010: i picked this up at winetree based on the recommendations of dennis and tim. this californian is a blend of syrah, red zinfandel and merlot, 13.1 percent alcohol, and it cost about $11 there (though it was about $8.99 at the schnucks on north green river, we noticed later). i thought it had a brown sugar nose, and the flavor tasted a lot like smoky bacon bathed in maple syrup -- probably due to the zin. greg thought the flavor was almost like candy. this was a good wine for the price. we'd get it again.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.