Apothic Crush Smooth Red Blend, California
Apothic Crush is a luscious Red Blend brimming with notes of dark cherry and blackberry. Supple tannins deliver hints of rich caramel. Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel lead the blend on the 2019 Apothic Crush, delivering a long, smooth finish.
Vintage 2019 in California experienced cool temperatures that effectively lengthened the growing season and allowed the grapes to ripen gradually at lower sugars. Grapes from this harvest have concentrated flavor and optimal balance.
We harvested a majority of the grapes for the 2019 Apothic Crush at night in cool temperatures to preserve the character of the fruit. The Pinot Noir was cold soaked for 2-3 days, then fermented between 80° to 85° F. The other varieties were fermented between 86° to 90° F. To create a silky mouthfeel and toasted caramel characteristics, we aged the blend in a mixture of French and American oak.