The Versatility of Apsara

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Flavor Mountain’s inaugural wine story, featuring Robin Akhurst, owner/winemaker of Apsara Cellars, is a great one. It begins in his homeland Scotland, "somming" in Edinburgh as he figured out what to do with his environmental science degree. Next stop: fine wine retail in London. Then New Zealand, his first stop on an international winemaking tour (and a degree in viticulture and enology). On to Barossa Valley Australia, Burgundy and then in 2009, Napa Valley. The adage "skill, hard work and persistence makes your luck" applies as his first stop in Napa was at Outpost Winery to work under Thomas Rivers Brown. Was there a better place to practice Napa Valley wines' definition of power & grace winemaking? Probably not. Robin's international winemaking travels were over. He found a home.

Today Robin is in year five as winemaker for Napa Valley stalwarts Clos Pegase and Swanson. He squeezes in time to own, make and run Apsara. All that, and he became a dad for the first time in December. Let's assume he's not winning any extended sleep contests these days.

When you meet Robin you'd think he's a logic brainiac, one who could wheel off mathematical equations and science formulas. His gifts, however, fall on the brain's right side. Sensory, intuition, art and beauty. Every Apsara wine I've tasted is outstanding, and I think it's because he can practically taste the wine we will enjoy before the grapes are off the vine. And not by numbers like brix and pH, but through the senses. This ties into the name Apsara, a personification of balance, purity and expression. It's a Sanskrit word relating to dance. I now relate it to winemaking and wine.

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Apsara: a personification of balance, purity and expression. It's a Sanskrit word relating to dance.

I relate it to Robin Akhurst’s winemaking and Apsara wine.

The Apsara Cellars wines marry delicious and distinctive. They belong in your weekend-wine stash to share with good friends and food. They are under-priced in their category, topping out at $80 for the awesome "Amoenus Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon. Case production is microscopic at 50 to 110 cases per.

There are four Apsara wines in this offer. All are available for purchase at ApsaraCellars.com. 3-tier pricing: full price, readers' discount, members' discount. Readers' (i.e. non-Members) discount code are posted with each wine below. If you're a DDWA Member, email me and I'll send you the 15% off discount codes. Member or not, if you any questions on what or how to order, email me. Happy to help. For example, Apsara has you create an account as the first step of the check-out process. It's easy - I did it in a flash, no problem. 

The Apsara Offer

Enter your discount code at check-out. Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor get the Member’s Price.
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APSARA Sauvignon Blanc "Kick Ranch"
Sonoma County 2016

$26 full price
$25 Reader’s Price: discount code DDWA
$22 Member’s Price: contact Dan for discount code
A no-brainer white wine. Lemon custard, peaches, tropical fruits, splash of cream. Read more
At full price, it is a Hall of Fame Value on DawsonWineAdvisor.com.
There's an even deeper case price. Email me.

APSARA Chardonnay, Oakville 2016
$34 full price
$32 Reader’s Price: discount code DDWA
$29 Member’s Price: contact Dan for discount code
Rich with balance. A little something for every wine lover here. Read more
A Great Value on DawsonWineAdvisor.com. 

APSARA Syrah "Las Madres Vineyard"
Carneros 2015
$36 full price
$34 Reader’s Price: discount code DDWA
$30 Member’s Price: contact Dan for discount code
A beautiful expression of the grape. Provocative smells and flavors that express the cool Las Madres vineyard like a champ. Read more
A Great Value on DawsonWineAdvisor.com. 

APSARA Cabernet Sauvignon
"Amoenus Vineyard" Napa Valley 2014

$80 full price
$76 Reader’s Price: discount code DDWA
$68 Member’s Price: contact Dan for discount code
Ridiculously good single-vineyard Napa Cabernet. Powerful, concentrated and complex from start to long finish. If Cabs are your bag, read my tasting notes then buy some.

 
 
Discounted prices are rounded to nearest dollar.

Discounted prices are rounded to nearest dollar.

Enter your discount code at check-out.
Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor get the Member’s Price.
Join here for access to Member’s Price.
*Discounted prices are rounded to nearest dollar.