The grapes for our 2014 Apothic Dark were selected from Lodi, where sunlight and diverse soil structures result in wine with complexity and balanced acidity. The 2014 growing season in California was ideal, the dry, warm spring and summer weather brought an earlier harvest. Across the state, harvest yielded grapes with ripe fruit flavors and vibrant aromas.
This is the 5th vintage of this wine which has received recognition for its elegance, good balance, soft tannins a sustained finish and rich in varietal character. We decided name this wine Break Away as a symbol of these attributes and to distinguish it from other Zinfandels that are robust, jammy and heavy in alcohol and oak flavor. This wine is bottled using screw cap as the closure. Our decision to use this closure was based on quality issues. By using the screw cap over the cork we avoid cork taint and the sporadic oxidation of the wine that emanates from the cork that at times leaks oxygen into the bottle resulting in variation in the quality of the wine from one bottle to the next. Made in our "Submerged Cap" Fermentation Tank and aged in predominantly French oak for 9 months. This fully extracted wine has strong varietal aromas of blackberries with hints of spice which carries into the mid-palate adding black cherry and plum flavors. The long finish reveals more spice with hint