Wine Review | Apothic Inferno 2014

Apothic inferno label

Apothic Inferno, 2014 California

So, I’ve seen the Apothic label in various wine departments over the years, but never purchased the wine.  The label is unmistakeable, a great bit of branding.  But having spent my early 20’s drinking Australian wines with groovy animal labels, I was shy to repeat the mistake.

Then a review sample from Apothic arrived at my doorstep.   I didn’t immediately open it.  Instead I let it sit on the counter for a week, brooding.  Finally, I popped the cork.

To review I chilled the wine to 55F.  Then I decanted and allowed the wine to warm up to 75F over the course of 3 hours, while sampling along the way.

The first thing I noticed is the aroma.  As I passed by my decanter and glass of wine, the powerful aroma of high alcohol wine hit my nostrils, stopped me in my tracks.  The wine is an alcoholic monster at 15.9% no doubt.  The searing heat of the alcohol is predominant, along with the telltale sweetness.   The fruit is ripe and the not terribly complex.  I know what you’re thinking “wow this wine sounds terrible”.  It’s not.  You just have to put it in the context it will thrive in.

And here’s that context.  You need a big bold fruit forward wine that people who generally say they like wine will enjoy at a party. You also don’t want to spend more than $20 a bottle.  Inferno retails for about $12-$15 a bottle.  For wine snobs, this would not be such an enjoyable wine, but then again, wine snobs might not be enjoyable guests…haha right??

Wine is meant to be enjoyed, with friends, with food.  The overall picture is what matters.  This is a good general purpose wine, that doesn’t break the bank.

 

WeeklyWineJournal rating: 88 points

 

4 comments

  1. Perfect review! I live in Napa and tend to feast on the higher priced wines. One of my employees is a wine newbie and buys his wine at Costco and TJ’s. He brought in a bottle of the Apothic Red and, like you, I circled it for a while. Then I opened it and had a lovely time with it. Doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. And sometimes I want a powerful punch in the nose from my wine rather than a subtle 13.5% Bordeaux that lays there like a corpse. Thanks for sharing! Check out our wine country blog if you have some time: http://www.topochinesvino.com.

  2. Hi Tim!

    How are you??

    Terri

    *Terri Reed*

    *Western Regional Manager / SalesPros Division*

    *251 Rhode Island Street, Suite 203 | San Francisco, CA 94103*

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