Bogle blends grapes from 30-year-old Amador vines, 60-year-old Lodi vines, and 80-year-old Oakley vineyards to produce a truly great wine for the price. A briary, raisiny nose leads into succulent flavors of plum, allspice, cocoa and coffee. It’s a brawny, rustic wine that is immensely likeable despite some rough tannins.
Here’s a stellar example of how a really good Cabernet can be made without gouging the consumer. This is a dry, elegant and rich wine, with firm tannins housing flavors of blackberries, currants, herbs, spices and smoky cedar wood. It’s a terrific value. 100,000 cases made.
Another Best Buy from Bogle, which seems to produce them so easily. This Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and complex in Asian pear, tangerine and green apple flavors, brightened with crisp acidity and made savory with dusty baking spices.
What a delicious Zin this is. Sourced from the warm climates of Lodi and Amador County, it’s ripe and fruity, offering waves of wild raspberries and cherries dusted with brown sugar, cocoa and pie spice. Great value in a lusty, versatile Zin.
Petite Sirah’s heavy, tannic, acidic personality lends itself to making a Port-style wine, and this is a good one. With 9% residual sugar, it’s quite sweet, and the blackberry and chocolate fudge flavors are easy to drink.
What a nice Riesling, and look at that price. It’s crisp and rich, with an oily texture and interesting flavors of citrus, honeysuckle and that complex organic taste known as diesel or lighter fluid. Although there’s a sweet finish, the wine is fundamentally dry. This is one of the best values now on the American market.
Very flowery for a Pet, the violets pair nicely with blueberry aromas. Made in an early-drinking style with mild tannins, so don’t feel as if you need to lock this one away. Enjoy it now and over the next two years for its satisfying midpalate and slightly peppery finish.