On a recent trip to my favorite discount wine store I spied a special display of wines signed “Robert Parker’s Picks”. Always curious as to what he has to recommend I ventured over to take a closer look as to what was being displayed. Apothic Red from California caught my eye for it’s cool, Gothic looking label as well as it’s very low price tag. Produced by the Gallo family, this red blend is perfect for red wine drinkers who may not always want the heaviness of a zinfandel but enjoy it’s bold flavors. The wine is a genius blend of syrah, zinfandel, and merlot grapes. In the glass it has a very dark ruby color and aromas of luscious berries and fragrant spices. Apothic Red has striking black cherry flavor combined with chocolate and vanilla notes that I usually find present in a red zin. It is full bodied, has a nice overall balance to it, and is a little over 13% alcohol. My cousin recently told me this is his new favorite wine and I have since purchased a few more bottles as it is great to have on hand and just pop open after a long, tedious day at work. At less than $15 per bottle it is a fabulous deal and a bottle that you can’t go wrong with so stock up and enjoy!