In a nutshell: A real treat, this a a carefully oaked, ripe and generous Californian Chardonnay.
The lowdown: This is a big, well balanced Chardonnay unashamedly made in the classic Californian way but without being a caricature of the style. 50% is fermented and aged for 9 months in new American oak while the other half is vinified in stainless steel which helps lay flavour upon flavour creating a complex wine with a generous character. The oak led nose shows a touch of butterscotch and sweet spice. And what follows is plump and rounded on the palate with ripe stone fruit, pineapple and ginger flavours and a good balancing acidity on the tongue.
When to drink: A big hearted wine that suits things like poultry and feathered games dishes superbly.
A real family enterprise in every sense of the word. It was Captain AJ Bogle, an American Civil War veteran who first arrived in Califonia in the 1870s, that started things off. He became a fruit farmer in the California Delta and passed his business down through the generations. However they lost the business during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It wasn't until after the war that father and son Warren and Chris Bogle (the 4th and 5th generations) acquired land and planted their first vineyards in Clarksburg, California in 1965 since when they've grown steadily over the years from less than 10 hectares to the point where they now have more than 600 hectares of vines across the region.
The estate is now overseen by Chris Bogle's sons Warren Junior and Ryan and daughter Jody. Warren looks after viticulture and Eric Aafedt, who has been with Bogle since 1994 is the head winemaker. All their vineyards are sustainably farmed and their wines enjoy an enviable reputation both in their home market and overseas.