Inspired by the "Apotheca," a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red offers a truly unique wine experience.
I was curious about the connections with the word apothecary, and found this interesting bit about ancient Rome. From the Popular Dictionary of Architecture and the Allied Arts, Vol. I by William Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley (1881):
APOTHECA. The name given by the Romans to the room in the upper part of a house in which the amphorae containing wine were placed, to be subjected to the heat of the sun from the roof, and the passage of the smoke from the fumarium, above which the apotheca was usually situated. The effect of the warm temperature and the smoke was to mature and improve the flavour of the wine. The word, in its more extended signification, was applied to store-rooms, granaries, and warehouses.The word also shows up a few times in the works of the Roman poet Horace, like this snippet from Satira V in which Ulysses says to Tiresias:
O nulli quidquam mentite, vides utSo let's talk about the wine itself... The 2008 Apothic Red is simply from California, not a specific region. $14, 13.1% abv. It is a proprietary blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Merlot. This wine certainly stands up and grabs your attention with big berry aromas, followed by plum and cherry flavors. Huge fruit presence with a touch of vanilla. Rich and full-bodied with an edge of sweetness. It reminds me a great deal of the Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red, so if you like that wine, I think you'll enjoy this one as well.
Nudus inopsque domum redeam, te vate, neque illio
Aut apotheca prods intacta est, aut pecus. Atqui
Et genus et virtus, nisi cum re, vilior alga est.
As shown, I paired this with a broiled steak and a simple summer salad. Our farmers markets are full of tomatoes and cucumbers right now, and it seems like I've been eating those two vegetables with almost every meal.
Note: This wine was received as a sample.