Apothic

Inferno Small Batch Limited Release Red Blend

8.9584 ratings
9.06 pro ratings
California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

Apothic Inferno 2014 appears as a dark ruby vision in the glass and waves at the beholder with a nose born in whiskey and campfire smoke. The palate is also soaked in that boozy barrel, with the flavor of liquor coming through without the heat. The plum and raspberry notes have to fight for notice, and they barely get a signal through, although it does come, with an added hint of rosemary. Tannins are quite firm and will serve a ribeye steak quite well, especially one that’s fresh off the grill.

As a wine, I'd have to say the wood has far too much influence, but that is by design. As a beverage, it's a wild delight, bringing together the best aspects of table wine, port and liquor.

Apothic Inferno 2014 appears as a dark ruby vision in the glass and waves at the beholder with a nose born in whiskey and campfire smoke. The palate is also soaked in that boozy barrel, with the flavor of liquor coming through without the heat. The plum and raspberry notes have to fight for notice, and they barely get a signal through, although it does come, with an added hint of rosemary. Tannins are quite firm and will serve a ribeye steak quite well, especially one that’s fresh off the grill.

As a wine, I'd have to say the wood has far too much influence, but that is by design. As a beverage, it's a wild delight, bringing together the best aspects of table wine, port and liquor.

6 people found it helpfulOct 25th, 2016
Julie Johnson

Great taste. Drank with friend over 2 hours along with nacho cheese Doritos. (I know, odd ... but great together).

Great taste. Drank with friend over 2 hours along with nacho cheese Doritos. (I know, odd ... but great together).

4 people found it helpfulSep 9th, 2017
Adam Bryant

I wasn't expecting what I got I really enjoyed the slight hint of whiskey from the 60 days it was in the barrel, definitely unique, big and bold not really sweet or overly tannic, light fruit, it tastes like they say red wine in whiskey barrels and for 12 bucks it's worth a try for sure.

I wasn't expecting what I got I really enjoyed the slight hint of whiskey from the 60 days it was in the barrel, definitely unique, big and bold not really sweet or overly tannic, light fruit, it tastes like they say red wine in whiskey barrels and for 12 bucks it's worth a try for sure.

4 people found it helpfulAug 26th, 2016
Jim Sikes

Surprise surprise. This is a fine blend that’s well balanced and not zinfandel forward. Good value.

Surprise surprise. This is a fine blend that’s well balanced and not zinfandel forward. Good value.

1 person found it helpfulMar 23rd, 2018
Byron C Mayes

Deep ruby garnet is the glass. Big nose of red fruit and vanilla oak. Full bodied layered palate of red fruit, fig, and vanilla extract hides the very high (15.9%!) alcohol well. Medium minus tannins and medium acidity. This end of the market is really stepping up its game. The bourbon barrels actually add something to it beyond “gimmick.” Great with barbecue ribs and chicken. I’ll seek it out when it comes back next year.

Deep ruby garnet is the glass. Big nose of red fruit and vanilla oak. Full bodied layered palate of red fruit, fig, and vanilla extract hides the very high (15.9%!) alcohol well. Medium minus tannins and medium acidity. This end of the market is really stepping up its game. The bourbon barrels actually add something to it beyond “gimmick.” Great with barbecue ribs and chicken. I’ll seek it out when it comes back next year.

1 person found it helpfulJan 13th, 2018
Lynette Neel

Nice red wine. Did have notes from being aged in whiskey barrel. A spicy pizza brought out the sweeter maple flavor

Nice red wine. Did have notes from being aged in whiskey barrel. A spicy pizza brought out the sweeter maple flavor

1 person found it helpfulDec 30th, 2017
Rachael Humerickhouse

Slight whiskey taste with some fruity tones.

Slight whiskey taste with some fruity tones.

1 person found it helpfulSep 25th, 2016
Traci Corrigan

Traci had this 3 years ago

Traci had this 3 years ago

1 person found it helpfulSep 12th, 2016
Stuart Allen

Spicy nose. Vanilla and coconut notes. Definitely taste the maple. Strong and rich.

Spicy nose. Vanilla and coconut notes. Definitely taste the maple. Strong and rich.

May 18th, 2019
William George-Twyman

This bourbon aging is no joke.

This bourbon aging is no joke.

May 2nd, 2019