As a fan of the Apothic Red, I was intrigued when I found a bottle of Apothic White at the store the other day. This white wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, and Moscato. From the flavor, the Chardonnay has been oaked as the classic Chardonnay buttery taste is in evidence despite being blended with two very different wines. As with the Apothic Red, the winemaker’s goal seems to be to create a fruit-forward, rich wine. Even though this is a white wine, the combination of the three different grapes seems to reach the goal. Whether that is what you are looking for in a white wine is another thing. In our case, we popped this open to go with a shrimp risotto and it was just too fruity for the dish. We drank it as aperitif before dinner and it worked quite well with the cheese and olive plate.
So, other than fruit-forward, what can I describe this as? The best way I can describe it is to just tell you that it tastes like a sweet Riesling with some Chardonnay butter thrown in. Its not bad, but it might throw a oenophile for a loop as a blend like that has to violate some sort of winemaker’s rule. But that anathema is exactly what Apothic is looking for, and for that, I congratulate them. If you are throwing a party it might be an intriguing wine to use. It is a white wine that has something for almost everybody, as long as they aren’t looking for a Sauvignon Blanc.