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WINE REVIEW Don't Fear the Darkness, December 2014


Don't Fear the Darkness

When I tasted the recent and limited release of Apothic Dark, 2013 I couldn’t help but think of what Katasai Rakshasa stated: “Those who fear the darkness have no idea what the light can do.” Apothic has two other lines, “white” and “red,” but their “dark” is very different and in my opinion, their best. It’s a blend of Petite Sirah, Teroldego, and Merlot. Prominent aromas were hickory smoke, cured meats, allspice, and a hint of tobacco. When I tasted, I noted chewy tannins, fig, coffee, and dark chocolate covered cherries on the finish. Although this did not need any food you could easily pair a meal with it, I’m thinking a Monte Cristo sandwich… I had some fun pairing the wine with dark chocolate infused with hickory-smoked uncured bacon. It was delicious! With a $12 price point it’s very affordable. At the end of the day this wine is not meant to be super complicated – this is something to uncork, drink with friends, and have fun. Don’t fear the dark, have fun with it. Sláinte!

ABOUT THE WRITER Eric McMillan, The Chicago Wino, is your source for lighthearted reviews of wine. thechicagowino.com also features links to fun tools like wine/food pairing, ideal serving temperatures, and "must try" bottles! Visit thechicagowino.com for a simple look at some complex flavors. "Like" Eric on Facebook–The Chicago Wino

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