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Bogle Merlot Wine Review
Last Updated February 27, 2019 By Jon Rogers 3 Comments
Bogle Merlot comes from Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, California. In this review we’ll cover price, alcohol content, aroma, taste and more of this California Merlot.
For this review, I tasted the 2012 vintage of the Bogle Merlot.
According to the winemaker’s notes, the 2012 Merlot had a great growing season in California. Most notable was a long and cool summer.
Fruit for the wine was sourced from the Lodi, Clarksburg and Monterey vineyards.
Aging occurred for twelve months in American oak barrels and the wine was released in February of 2014.
If you’re a fan of the Bogle brand, I’ve also reviewed Bogle Phantom (their red blend) and Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel .
Bogle Merlot Review
Legs formed immediately upon swirling. They were numerous, varying in size and fell slowly down the sides of the glass.
This is a very aromatic wine. The aroma is noticeable from far away and I picked up earth, tobacco and ripe black cherry. I also noticed the aroma never faded and there was little to no whiff of alcohol.
Bogle Merlot alcohol content 13.5%, per the bottle.
The wine’s taste was very enjoyable. Noted were flavors of bold dark cherry and other rich dark fruits. There was also a hint of vanilla toast. It’s a heavy Merlot, but not overly sweet. It’s also quite smooth drinking.
Tannins were very evident and nicely structured. They could be felt all over the palate.
The wine’s finish was quite long. Although the tannins were very present, they did not overwhelm the long finish.
Overall, I really enjoyed Bogle Merlot. I found it to be a chunky Merlot. All elements of the wine balanced each other well and played nicely together.
I think this wine is a great sipper on its own. I also think the tannins in this wine would cut through a heavy sauce or juicy steak.
Bogle Merlot price $9.99. Recommend!
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July 21, 2019 at 10:20 pm
I agree with all aspects of your review. This is a very robust, trustworthy go-to whether sipping alone, pairing with good cheese, or enjoying with a well prepared steak. You can spend a whole lot more on a glass of merlot, but this delivers in many of the same ways than it’s more costly colleagues. At the price point for this offering, you can have plenty in stock for yourself or to share. Great job, Bogle!
July 22, 2019 at 9:34 am
Thanks for adding you thoughts Mike… Much appreciated!
August 11, 2021 at 12:13 pm
Suddenly we cannot find ANY Merlot! We normally buy at Costco, they’ve been out for months! Other stores the same! HELP it’s the only wine worth drinking and we’re (as in all 10 of us), are parched!! What has happened do you no longer distribute to Alabama!!?
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Bogle Wines are elegant and sophisticated. They come from a family winery in California with a rich history. You can taste the dedication they put into their wines in each glass you pour. Visiting the winery and drinking the wines themselves are an absolute treat.
While there are a few complaints about the vineyards, most of the experience is top-notch. Plus, Bogle wines can be found at stores throughout the country, so even if you don’t have a chance to visit the winery itself, the wines are still widely distributed and highly accessible for everyone.
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About Bogle Winery
Bogle Winery is a family operation , which immediately makes it appeal to many people. Vineyards have a reputation for being small, quaint operations, and drinking wine is an intimate experience you typically share with your close friends and family.
So, the fact that this is a family winery makes it all the more enjoyable, and they definitely try to create a comfortable atmosphere that people want to visit. The winery has been in operation for fifty years, and they don’t show signs of stopping now.
It all started with one Bogle travelling from Tennessee to the California Delta in the 1870s to start a farm. They grew peaches, pears, and cherries. After the Great Depression, the third generation of the California Bogle family lost their land.
It wasn’t until a man from the fourth generation returned from serving in World War II that the first grapes were planted. In 1968, twenty acres were planted on the ranch and for ten years they grew grapes for other wineries .
The Bogle family finally released wine under their own label in 1978 and the original winery was built in 1979 and it is still on the grounds. Today, a sixth-generation of three Bogle siblings is running the winery with passion and dedication.
Bogle wines can be found all over the country. Their distribution network is wide and the winery has grown considerably since the early days. They also have a tasting room on-site, a lovely patio, an adults-only area, and they host beautiful private events on the grounds.
Types of Wine Bogle Offers
Bogle offers 12 different wines, which is quite a selection. Many small family wineries specialize in one or two wines, and maybe as many as four, but rarely twelve. You can thank a long family history of growing grapes for this wide variety.
The Bogle family grows grapes on their Home Ranch, but they also source grapes from other regions to ensure that they’re getting the best grapes for the variety of wine they’re making. They get their grapes from regions all over California including Mendocino, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Oakley, Lodi, El Dorado County, and Amador County.
They combine these grapes with the 1800 acres of grapes they have on their estate. As a result of this care and dedication for the best, they produce complex wines with character and distinction.
The Bogle Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and lively for a refreshing experience. Cold fermentation in steel tanks captures the true essence of this wine remarkably well.
This is a nifty white wine perfect for a wide range of food pairings. It is fresh and pleasing in its aromas and flavors of dried herbs, dried citrus, and mineral notes. Enjoy with grilled prawns.
Bogle Chardonnay is barrel fermented and then aged for 9 months in American oak barrels. It’s a certified sustainable wine that combines the art and science of winemaking.
Green apple and pear aromas classically characterize this wine as Clarksburg, while honeycomb and vanilla heighten the first impression. The rich, round entry rolls into a viscous and silky mouthfeel, surrounded by Asian pears and Honeycrisp apples.
Bogle Rosé has just the right amount of effervescence and looks lovely in the glass. It’s both crisp and refreshing so you can use it as a treat by itself or pair it with your favourite appetizer or dessert.
As a faint blush colors the glass, this Rosé is anything but bashful! Fragrant, floral notes bloom unrestrained on the nose, while entry leads to a plush, yet tart mouthfeel, laden with more summer strawberries and the juiciest ruby red grapefruits.
Bogle’s Pinot Noir is sourced from the best growing regions for an elegant and distinctive taste. It’s classic and full of character.
Heady scents of ripe summer strawberries make a lovely first impression, while hints of crushed violets and sweet dried herbs resonate on the nose. Refined and nuanced, the mouthfeel softens as layers of cherry fruit are wrapped in a comforting blanket of pipe tobacco and worn leather. Buy Wines Online has 400+ wines in stock with quick delivery nationwide, get up to 70% off on select wines!
Bogle Merlot is the perfect wine to enjoy every day. It has a beautiful colour and is versatile enough to pair with any food.
Bogle Merlot 2018 is gorgeous in the glass with rich hues of garnet, the first impressions entice with aromas of sandalwood, vanilla and black cherry. This bogle wine has a mouthwatering entry that is full of red plums and cherries, while the middle palate of the wine softens with touches of cola and a smooth and silky mouthfeel.
The best Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is from 2016. The growing conditions were perfect with warm days and cool nights, making this wine layered and intriguing.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape that takes its own sweet time, slowly lingering to ripen on the vine. Deeply extracted cherry and bright cassis arrest the senses, holding captive on both the nose and the palate.
Old Vine Zinfandel
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel is made from 60-80-year-old vines for intense, concentrated flavour.
Head-trained, dry farmed vines planted by early pioneers of our state have stood the test of time. Producing small, concentrated clusters of grapes, these vines embody the true California spirit! It is these vines that Bogle winemakers seek to create our Old Vine Zinfandel.
Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah 2018 | Buy Wines Online Purple. Inky. Rich. Jammy. Our Petite Sirah embodies all of these and more. From the touches of mocha and cocoa on the nose, to the juicy boysenberry and blueberry fruit on the palate, this wine overdelivers. Check Price We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you.
This Bogle blend combines Old Vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, and Syrah to create an amazing wind that’s easy to drink.
This compelling blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah has created a ripe and mouth filling wine. Richly textured fruit of dark berries and black plums is nuanced by the flavors of juniper and dried herbs.
Petite Syrah Port
This rich Bogle wine is ruby red and stays on the vibe for an extra month for a sweet Port flavour and intense character.
Smooth and inviting, the 2017 Bogle Petite Sirah Port unfolds with lush layers of boysenberry jam and black raspberries. Aromas of French vanilla and chocolate mocha captivate the nose, with a hint of pipe tobacco on the finish. Aged 31 months in neutral American oak barrels, this dessert wine needs no accompaniment.
Bogle Vineyards Phantom Red Blend 2017 | Buy Wines Online Enticing and enveloping, this mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to tantalize wine lovers. Emerging from the shadows with concentration and intensity, this wine will haunt you with every sip. Check Price We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you. Phantom Chardonnay
This rich wine has spicy flavours with a warm apple pie flavour. It’s creamy and decadent.
Bogle Vineyards prides themselves on what they call Artisan Winemaking. This is the process they use to draw out the most character and quality from their grapes to make the best wine. They set high standards for themselves so they can be sure to deliver more than you expect in every bottle.
For example, their Chardonnay is barrel fermented in oak barrels and stirred by hand monthly for the smoothest, most buttery texture. Each red wine is aged in a traditional oak barrel as well.
Every field of grapes on the property is vinted separately to preserve the unique character of the individual grape varieties. When combined with a rigorous grading system, you wind up with only the best grapes in your wine for the highest quality and consistency possible.
Most wineries of this size won’t take this much care or pay this much attention to the process because it costs too much money. However, Bogle has hired outside of the family for winemaking expertise because it’s simply that important to them.
The three winemakers work as part of the family to achieve these lofty goals, and they’re doing it well. They use modern technology in conjunction with age-old techniques to pour perfection from a bottle time after time.
With all of the effort they put into their winemaking, it’s no surprise that sustainability is also important to the Bogle family. They nurture the land by using socially equitable and economically viable practices for sustainability.
The winery is Certified Green by the California Rules for Sustainability and Bogle requires that all 91 of their growers offsite follow these strict guidelines, too. In 2018, 96 of the grapes they crushed were Certified Green.
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Visiting the Winery
Bogle Vineyards is located in Clarksburg, California. It’s a scenic town just outside of Sacramento. If you live close by or happen to be in the area, it’s a place worth visiting. They offer tastings in the tasting room and epic views of the fields and beyond.
The Home Ranch on-site is where everything started, so it’s full of history. Bring a blanket to spread out on the lawn for a picnic, bask in the lovely weather on the patio, or enjoy the adults-only area for some peace and quiet.
They love to accommodate large groups, as long as you call ahead. It’s the perfect retreat for friends or a team-building exercise with co-workers. You can also book a private event like a wedding or a party on the grounds.
The best thing about visiting the winery in person is that you’ll have access to an exclusive reserve selection that you can’t get anywhere else.
Bogle wines are very affordable. They range from $6-$16 per bottle depending on the type and where you buy them. While there are some more expensive varieties in older vintages, the more recent vintages are plentiful and accessible to any budget.
The value you get from Bogle wines is excellent because they take so much care in making excellent wines and selling them at affordable prices. You can feel good about supporting a family operation and sustainable business practices.
What Others Are Saying
People in sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor rave about the scenery and the atmosphere at Bogle. The outdoor accommodations are perfect and it’s a fun place to spend a relaxing afternoon. People love the wines, too.
The winery is a popular destination, which speaks to how great it really is, but reviewers on these sites do warn that you shouldn’t go on the weekend if you don’t want to be crammed into a packed house.
Primary complaints are the Bogle Winery is not pet-friendly and less family-friendly than it used to be a few years ago. One or two people complain about the service received and the cost of the tasting.
The majority of the reviews from people visiting the winery are positive and flowing with praise for an excellent experience.Any complaints you may encounter can be mitigated before even visiting by taking a quick look at their website to see that they do not allow dogs on the property and children are not allowed in the tasting room.
It’s a family-friendly winery with plenty of room to explore the outdoors and enjoy the scenery together while tasking wine.
I’m partial to Chardonnay and Merlot, so I was immediately drawn to these varieties at Bogle. But all of their wines are excellent and here are my top picks for you to try.
First of all, because I love Chardonnay, the Phantom Chardonnay was immediately intriguing. It’s mysterious and makes you want to learn more. However, upon looking at the Phantom Chardonnay on their website, I noticed a button that allowed you to experience the Chardonnay in augmented reality.
All you have to do is download the Augmented Reality Wine Labels app. Both of Bogle’s Phantom wines feature this experience when you scan the label.
Aside from the cool experience of the smoky bottle, the Phantom Chardonnay is the best Chardonnay I’ve ever had. Bogle calls it “hauntingly delicious” and they’re not wrong. It has rich layers of green apple and pear followed by spicy flavours and it tasted like an apple pie right out of the oven, sprinkled with cinnamon.
Creamy, luscious, and breathtaking.
Phantom Chardonnay entices with its rich layers. Green apple and pear transform into spicy flavors of freshly baked apple pie, while barrel fermentation imparts a creamy, luscious mouthfeel.
I think Merlot is a great everyday wine. It’s easy to sip and not as overpowering or intimidating as a lot of other reds. The Bogle Merlot is aged in American oak barrels for 12 months and it’s highly versatile. It will go with any food pairing you put on the table.
While this isn’t my favourite Merlot ever, it’s one of my favourite Bogle wines because of how lovely the deep red colour looks in a glass.
Bogle Rosé is crisp and refreshing. It has the perfect amount of effervescence and it’s enjoyable as a dessert wine by itself or paired with your favourite sweet treat. The bottle and the wine itself is lovely and sophisticated.
In my opinion, the best thing about Bogle wines is that you can buy them almost anywhere. Most liquor stores and grocery stores carry at least one variety of Bogle wine, if not more. Despite the winery’s size, they have a large distribution network, making it easy for everyone to enjoy.
While the visiting experience is not always up to par, if you go into it with the right expectations, you’re likely to have a wonderful time. They have an interesting family history, superior winemaking processes, and environmentally-friendly practices.
Every wine they sell is excellent, and if you do decide to visit, make sure you take part in a tasting that features exclusive reserve selections you can’t find anywhere else. It’s definitely worth a visit and a purchase at the store.
Bogle has very good wine. They have a healthy mix of both white and red, so you can try a few to see what you like the best. They take their craft seriously, and you can taste that in the wines they sell.
Bogle is a great red wine brand. Other wine brands that make excellent reds are Beringer’s, Yellowtail, Barefoot, Gallo, Robert Mondavi, and Josh. There are too many great wine brands to list, but these are some favourites.
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Bogle wines are artisan wines made by a small family winery and their expert winemakers. You can taste the passion they pour into their craft, no matter which variety you choose. They make 12 different wines – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Ros?, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Essential Red, Petite Sirah Port, Phantom Red Blend, and Phantom Chardonnay.
Yes! It’s a family-friendly winery and they do allow children. However, children are not allowed in the tasting room. The winery strives to create an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy, from families to individuals who want to enjoy a quiet afternoon at the winery. With that in mind, they’ve restricted the tasting room to adults only. However, you can grab your tasting glass to go and head outside with the whole family to enjoy your wine and the beautiful property.
Unfortunately, they do not allow dogs at Bogle Vineyards. You can’t have them inside or outside at all. This upsets some, but they’re very upfront about their no pet policy on the website.
Absolutely! Whether you have kids who aren’t allowed in the tasting room or you simply prefer to enjoy your glass in the nice weather, you can pick up your glass and take it outside to drink. Or perhaps you’d like to picnic with your wine.
Of course! Bogle encourages people to stay awhile. Take your tasting glass outside and enjoy a picnic in the yard or simply come to tour the winery and spend the afternoon lounging in the grass.
Tastings at Bogle are $8 per person. You get to try eight different wines, including an exclusive reserve collection you can’t find anywhere else and learn a little bit more about them. Some say this is a bit pricey for the amount of wine you get with your tasting, but that’s a matter of perspective that you’ll have to decide for yourself.
The Bogle Merlot is perfectly balanced between sweet and dry. It’s a versatile wine, aged for 12 months so it’s perfect for pairing with any food and any occasion. Finishing the wine in oak barrels gives this wine depth of character.
Yes, most Bogle wines are vegan. All of their whites are vegan as are the current vintage reds. However, some older vintage reds did use egg whites in the fining process, so do your research before you drink any if you are strictly vegan.
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9/27/2023 - kmicho Likes this wine: 86 Points
A good daily drinker type of wine. Great QPR. Easy drinking. Nothing super complex, but nothing off either. Just a decent, basic merlot.
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Someone brought this to a BBQ a couple of weeks ago and opened it yesterday. OK at best. Too sweet and syrupy.
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A colleague gifted this bottle to me (thank you!), so I thought I’d give it a go and write a review. Moderately aromatic, this has a nose of red plum with a slightly green character and fresh tobacco leaf in the background. Upon sipping, one meets a medium-full bodied wine with medium acidity and high alcohol. It has a very green attack, mostly green bell pepper, which is soon followed by fresh red cherry and red/black plum. The finish is moderate in length and earthy, with secondary notes of cocoa powder and tobacco leaf detectable. There is some oak apparent in the retronasal smell, and it is notable that the green note intensifies after a few sips. Overall, this wine is simple, approachable and fairly well-balanced. By no means anything sophisticated, but it’s under $10 so what do you expect? It is a bit green for my liking, but it that doesn’t make it unbearable. I do find it odd, however, that there would be significant greenness in a Central Valley wine, as those tend to err on the side of being overripe than underripe. I suspect they mixed in some underripe Cabernet Sauvignon they got from somewhere elsewhere in California, but this is just conjecture on my part. So, if you’re looking for an affordable crowd pleaser, this is a decent choice. Maybe a good wine for a barbeque?
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Medium ruby. Medium plus intensity on the nose with ripe black plum, red plum, strawberry, blackberry, black currant leaf, mint, eucalyptus, bramble, licorice, cinnamon, chocolate and cedar. Medium plus intensity and dry on the palate with blueberry coming through. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium plus body, high alcohol, medium plus finish. Can drink now but has potential for aging. Easy drinking, fruity red.
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- Brand: Bogle
- Categories: Merlot , Red Wine
- Tasting Notes: Rich, Red Fruit, Tobacco, Anise
- Food Pairing: Cured Meats, Tomatoes
- Suggested Glassware: Bordeaux Glass
- Suggested Serving Temperature: 60-65° F
- Sweet-Dry Scale: Dry Wine
- Body: Medium
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Bogle Merlot 2021 (750 ml)
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Indulge in the soft and silky nature of Bogle Merlot 2021, a wine bursting with flavors of sweet herb, pipe tobacco, and coffee grounds, perfectly balanced by the fruit notes. The cocoa-dusted tannins and luxurious finish will leave you wanting more. Hand-crafted and sustainably grown, this wine is carefully aged in American oak barrels for ten months to produce a perfectly balanced flavor profile. This wine is an excellent choice for any occasion with its gorgeous rich purple hues and aromas of sandalwood, vanilla, and black cherry. The fruit-forward and approachable taste of Bogle Merlot 2021 is a result of careful selection and blending of premium grapes. Pair this versatile wine with a variety of foods like margherita pizza, aged white cheddar, and duck breast with a raspberry sauce for a delightful dining experience. Bogle Merlot 2021 is the epitome of a perfectly crafted wine. The meticulous winemaking process, including handcrafting from vine to barrel aging, ensures that each bottle is of premium quality. Sustainably grown grapes are used to create a wine that is both delicious and environmentally friendly. Bogle Merlot 2021 is a must-try for anyone who loves a soft and silky wine with a perfect balance of flavor and aroma.
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The Bogle Vineyards: A Family Tradition Of Quality Wine Making
December 18, 2022
Bogle wine is a type of American wine that is produced by the Bogle Vineyards . The Bogle Vineyards is located in the Central Valley of California. The Bogle family has been making wine since 1968, and they currently produce about 1 million bottles of wine per year. The Bogle Vineyards offers a wide variety of wines, including red wines, white wines, and sparkling wines . Wichita is a city in the state of Kansas, and it is the largest city in the state. Wichita is home to a variety of businesses and attractions, including the Bogle Vineyards. The Bogle Vineyards is located at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Main Street.
Is Bogle A Good Brand Of Wine?
There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone’s taste in wine is different. However, Bogle wines are generally well-reviewed and considered to be a good value for the price. They offer a wide variety of wines, so there is likely to be something that will please most people.
Bogle is a sixth-generation farm-turned vineyard in Clarksburg, California. Their wine business began in the 1960s, and their family has been farming for six generations. Bogle’s Sauvignon Blanc is a classic, crisp, herbal, and refreshing white wine that is made from stainless steel and aged for a long time. Bogle has two Chardonnay varieties, both priced at $8 per bottle and $18 per bottle. Winemaking in the French Saignée style produces a dry rosé. This wine is made from old 80-year-old vines that have been grown in the Sierra Foothills and Lodi. Bogle’s Petite Sirah is a well-made garment that is both vintage and vintage.
Bogle’s white wines, as well as the majority of the company’s current vintage reds, are vegan. Bogle used egg whites during the fining process in the past. For the price, Bogle wines are consistently excellent, simple-to- drink wines .
People go all out to collect various types of wine from various sources. Some people, however, prefer Bogle wines because they are reasonably priced. The wines are both red and white in color and are made in California. Because all of these wines have a four-star rating from Wine Enthusiast, they are a good value. Some critics have stated that the wines are superior to the more expensive varieties. If you’re looking for a great wine to sip with your next meal or want to stock up on good value, you can’t go wrong with a bottle or two of Bogle wine.
Is Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon A Good Wine?
This wine is very good for the price and is well worth it. A well-balanced and well-developed body. This is an excellent purchase for a reasonable price. I found it to be tasty but not overly tannins heavy.
The Best Wines For Slow Sipping
Smooth wines are typically made with lower-tannin grapes and their flavors are delicate, according to Wilson. They are ideal for sipping slowly because they do not overpower your taste buds and work well with a variety of foods. If you want a more robust drink, try Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot, or Zinfandel. However, if you want something that will not make you feel sluggish or heavy, choose a smooth wine.
Is Juggernaut A Bogle Wine?
There is no such thing as a juggernaut wine , nor is there a bogle wine. These are both made-up terms.
Is Bogle Wine Sweet?
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on personal preferences. Some people may find Bogle wine to be sweet, while others may not. It really varies from person to person.
Merlot is made from Bogle Vineyards, which is based in Clarksburg, California. The 2012 vintage was one of California’s most productive growing seasons. Although there were a lot of tannins around the race track, there wasn’t a lot of noise at the end. It was a very large Merlot that complemented each other well.
Bogle Wines: Great Value And Delicious Taste
The Bogle Wine is a great value for money when it comes to fine wine . It was enjoyable to taste because of the strong dark cherry and other dark fruits in the beverage. It also had hints of vanilla toast. The wine has a strong Merlot flavor, but not overly sweet. A refreshing aperitif made with strawberries and passion fruit, Bogle Rose is a refreshing aperitif made from strawberries. Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon is dry, full-bodied, and smooth, with ripe blackberry, cream of cassis, dried sweet tobacco leaf, chocolate, and toasty oak flavors balanced by a refreshing acidity on the palate. This is a great deal at $23 for a meal that includes burgers and ribs and a glass of wine. The Bogle Essential Red has a delicious aroma with a juicy flavor and a lot of sweet fruit in the front, fine acidity, smooth tannins, and a touch of soft fruity finish. When barbecued or roasted, this is a delicious dish that goes well with red meat or veal shank.
Bogle Wine Costco
Bogle wine is a great choice for anyone looking for a good quality wine at an affordable price. Costco offers a wide selection of Bogle wines, making it a great place to shop for this brand. The prices of Bogle wines at Costco are typically very competitive, making it a great place to find a good deal on this type of wine.
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There is an unfortunate misconception among wine drinkers that wine with higher residual sugar (RS) is cheap and not to be taken seriously. Prior to the Prohibition, Americans brought their sweet tooth to the liquor store, and fortified or Port-style wines—what the Australians call “stickies”—reigned supreme. With the destruction of the United States wine industry under the Prohibition and the post-WWII shift toward fine, dry vino from France and Italy in the middle of the 20th century, sweet wine fell out of favor. Although there are bursts here and there of a comeback, usually fueled by sommeliers and wine journalists, we have not seen a sustained movement toward a return to the glory days of sweet wine.
Late Harvest: Grapes are left hanging on the vine for one to two months longer than normal, which dries the grapes and concentrates sugar.
Ice Wine: Grapes are frozen while still on the vine and are often picked as late as December or January. The water in the grapes freezes but the sugar does not, which concentrates the flavor and increases the sweetness level of finished wine.
Passito: This refers to wine made from dried grapes. Sugar is concentrated during the drying process, and the wine made from the dried grapes has increased sugar content and alcohol.
Botrytized: Botrytis cinerea, the gray mold known as Noble Rot, dehydrates the grapes, which increases the proportion of fruit sugars and acids, offering a sweeter, more intensely flavored berry from which to make wine.
While fortified wine can be made anywhere, botrytized wines and ice wine are weather and climate dependent and are produced in a handful of specialized regions. Anyone with a passing knowledge of Italian will recognize the origin of the word “ passito,” a style of wine that hails from Italy. Here are our picks for the world’s finest sweet wines.
Sauternes and Barsac
Sauternes and the wholly contained sub-region Barsac, which are situated within Bordeaux, make up about 2 percent of the region’s total area, but winemakers here proudly point out that they earned 27 grand crus in the famous 1855 classification. Foggy mornings and sunny afternoons aid in the growth of Botrytis cinerea , which gives the wine its full mouthfeel and flavors of orange and apricot marmalade, toasted pineapple, and soft hints of baking spices with touches of beeswax and acacia honey.
Savory Pairings: Blue cheese, foie gras, fried chicken, grilled pork chops, butternut squash risotto.
Dessert Pairings: Apple pie, peach pie, pear tart, crème brulée.
Made from botrytized Furmint, Harslevelu, and Muscat Blanc grapes , Tokaji Aszú was called the “The King of wines, the wine of Kings” by Louis XIV. Unaffected grapes are first harvested in September to make the base wine and other grapes stay on the vine to become inoculated with botrytis. These grapes will shrivel, and their sugars will concentrate until the second picking in late October or November. Harvested botrytized grapes are gathered in large baskets known as puttony and added to 136-liter barrels of base wine. The number of baskets of sweet grapes added to the base wine gave the Tokaji Aszú the Puttonyos rating of 5 or 6 Puttonyos, with 6 Puttonyos as the sweetest on the Puttonyos scale.
For a Tokaji Aszú wine to be labeled today as 5 Puttonyos, it must have at least 120 grams per liter of residual sugar. A wine labeled as 6 Puttonyos must have at least 150 grams per liter of residual sugar. An Eszencia wine can be as sweet as 450 grams per liter and is a rare commodity. The flavor profile includes dried apricots, canned pineapple, tropical fruits, and white flowers with velvety mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity. Notable producers include Oremus, Royal Tokaji, Diznoko, Chateau Dereszla, and Patricius.
Savory Pairings: Gorgonzola, Stilton, or Cabrales cheese, foie gras, Peking Duck, Thai curries.
Dessert Pairings: Vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream, crème caramel, tarte tatin.
Ruby Ports are deep red to violet in color, with full texture and flavors of blackberry, cassis, black cherry, and notes of licorice, clove, and anise. Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Ports are from a single harvest year and are aged four to six years before bottling. Vintage Ports are made from the best wines from a single exceptional harvest. They are aged in wood for approximately two years prior to bottling and will continue to age in the bottle for many more years. The finest are from single estates called quintas; the label will include the producer’s name, quinta name, and vintage year. Vintage Ports come only from “declared” years, meaning they are not made every year. Recent standout vintages include 2020, 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2011. Excellent producers include Taylor-Fladgate, Fonseca, Croft, Quinta de la Rosa, Quinta de Noval, and Warre’s.
Savory Pairings: Pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued ribs, Stilton, Epoisses.
Dessert Pairings: Brownies, chocolate lava cake, pecan pie.
Taking its name from the amber “tawny” color it picks up from barrel aging, tawny Port also receives a pleasant nutty or oxidative character from many years in wood. The four types of Tawny Port are Tawny, Tawny Reserve, Tawny with an Indication of Age, (10, 20, 30 and 40 years old) and Colheita. Only Colheita is from a single harvest year and must be aged in wood for at least seven years. The other three types may be a blend of different harvest years. Aged Tawnies have remarkable complexity due to the long barrel aging. We’ve also just begun to see 50-year tawny Port on the market. Expect complex flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and caramel balanced by rich acidity. Among our favorites are Graham’s, Kopke, Dow’s, Quinta do Vallado, and Quinta do Crasto.
Savory Pairings: Sauteed chicken with mushrooms, risotto with walnuts and blue cheese, roast suckling pig.
This Italian style of winemaking has been used since the Roman Empire. Grapes partially dehydrate on the vine at the end of the season and are further dried on large screens, either in full sunlight or well-ventilated indoor facilities. After drying for a few weeks for up to six months, the grapes are dried and fermented. The two main types you may encounter are Vin Santo and Passito di Pantelleria.
Hailing from Tuscany, Vin Santo means “holy wine” and is made with Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Sangiovese. If you’ve ever been to a restaurant in Florence, Siena, or the Tuscan countryside and were offered sweet wine after dinner, now you know what it was. Vin Santo can feel a little “hot” at first sip, but expect flavors of orange marmalade, honey, almond, hazelnut, and toffee. When shopping for Vin Santo, look for Avignonesi, Capezzana, Marchese Antinori, and Isole e Olena.
Savory Pairings: Chicken with peanut sauce, pasta with walnut sauce.
Dessert Pairings: Biscotti, almond cookies, pignoli cookies.
Passito di Pantelleria
Passito di Pantelleria comes from a small island off Sicily and is made with the Muscat of Alexandria grape, known locally as Zibibbo. Expect exquisite flavors of canned peach, honeycomb, butterscotch, and apricot preserves. The finest bottles of Passito di Pantelleria include Donnafugata Ben Rye, Carole Bouquet, Marco De Bartoli, and Cantine Pellegrino.
Savory Pairings: Chicken marsala, crisp roast pork, pasta with blue cheese.
Dessert Pairings: Fig cookies, apple pie, cheesecake.
Savory Pairings: Fried chicken, blue cheese, baked brie, caramelized onion quiche.
Dessert Pairings: Flan, cheesecake, rum raisin ice cream.
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Bogle Merlot 2021
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Today the fourth most widely planted red variety in the state, Merlot has much to offer. While it bears similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon (its half-sibling), it tends to be lower in both acidity and tannins, giving Merlot wines a mouthfeel that is often perceived as soft, round and plush. These qualities make it an ideal blending partner for Cabernet, the two complementing each other throughout.
Merlot arrived relatively late to the California wine scene. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when producers like Louis Martini, Sterling and Matanzas Creek—influenced by European Merlot blends—began crafting single varietal versions. These trend-setting bottles opened the eyes of others in the California wine scene and spurred increased plantings. From there, the variety’s lush drinkability led to a surge in popularity, then overplanting (some of it on unsuitable sites) and finally a backlash that was turbo-charged by the infamous 2004 film, Sideways . What most viewers didn't realize was that, as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.
Fine examples of California Merlot—either as a single varietal wine or as part of a blend—can be found from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Central Coast and most regions around the state. Merlot wines offer a ripe, sensual mouthful of plummy fruit, suggestions of mint, herbs and vanilla, all carried along by an approachable structure and often, a great potential for improving with age.
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