Island Point Wine & Spirits

Get Free Email News

New Arrivals

Try New Apothic Crush

Apothic Wines has just come out with a new seasonal blend they call Apothic Crush. There is a reason the release is just before Valentine's Day. Here are some quotes from the winemaker, Debbie Juergenson:

This limited release red wine blends luscious red fruit flavors with notes of caramel and chocolate for a velvety, smooth mouthfeel. With our time-tested winemaking style of blending Old World intrigue with modern sophistication, Apothic Crush is our most decadent red blend yet.


Okay, skip the Old World intrigue and modern sophistication stuff. It's marketing jargon. We tried the wine yesterday, and we'll tell you about it in plain English without the advertising buzz words. Apothic Wines is known for their unique blends and bold, fruit forward style, and Crush is very much along those lines. The blend is Petit Sirah and Pinot Noir, the first time I have seen this combination. It really does have notes of red fruit, caramel and chocolate as they say. Also, black plum is the predominant flavor in Petit Sirah and cherry is the most notable flavor in Pinot Noir. Both are present in Crush, but more subdued than in a straight varietal of either grape.

If you have tried Apothic Red, this is a similar style. Crush has less cherry and vanilla than Apothic Red, but more structure and complexity. Again, this is a limited release, so when it sells out, you won’t be able to get it again until next Valentine's Day. Try it Friday and Saturday until 5:30. See for yourself if you think it's “decadent”. $10.99 per 750 ml.

Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red 2009

A blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 13% Merlot, 3% Barbera and 1% other mixed red. Very dark red in color with hints of purple. Full of red berry flavors with cedar and cocoa powder notes on the long finish. $10.99

Deep Purple Zinfandel 2007

Deep Purple is from the same distributor and Purple Cowboy. Perhaps he has a thing for the color. This wine is from Lodi, one of the two areas in California known for Zinfandel (Dry Creek is the other). Powerful and balanced, with black cherry and plum fruit. This Zin is a superb value at $10.99.

Codorníu Brut Pinot Noir Cava

Codorníu winery is the world's largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wines made by the traditional champagne method. It was founded in the Spanish region of Catalonia in 1551, and is still owned by the founding family. We tried the Brut Pinot Noir last year at Wine Over Water and loved it.

The Codorníu Brut Pinot Noir Cava is not as overtly fruity as other rosés. It has a more robust structure, showing hints of dried cherry, smoke and berry, with a nice layer of spice underneath. This has good texture and a juicy finish. If you want a change from the usual bubbly, give this one a try. $16.99 per 750 ml.