Thursday, August 15, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Washington State Red Blend - 2010 Apex The Catalyst

My quest for great value wines often has me looking to non-US wines especially in South America and in Spain.  There are also some great value opportunities closer here to home - especially in Washington State.  Not only do they make some great value wines, but they are typically very drinkable even when young. When I saw this Cabernet based blend for $17 - I had to give it a try.

Wine:  2010 Apex The Catalyst
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Syrah
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $17.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, dark purple at its core with a water white rim.
Aroma: Big aromas with ripe red fruit like cherries, a bit of smokiness and a lot of herbal aromas as well.  Definitely some mint and some green pepper. Green pepper can sometimes denote grapes picked too early, but with the level of fruity aromas, I don't think that is the case at all with this wine.
Taste: Very delicious, great fruit, nice acidity, a reasonable amount of tannins and an excellent finish. The combination of fruit and herbal flavors make for a very interesting and pleasing taste. 

The Grade: I give this one an A. An exceptional value wine - delicious and nicely complex for under $20. A wine like this from Napa would likely cost you double the price - so give this one a try.

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