In a nutshell: A full bodied, plush and fruit filled Californian Petite Sirah.
The lowdown: Petite Syrah was the first variety that Warren Bogle planted back in 1968 when he established the family's winery in Clarksburg and they consider it their flagship wine to this day. It's aged in American oak for twelve months to give a generously full body and it has a complex nose of prune, black fruits, mint and sweet spice. The ripe fruits are supported by spice, herbacous notes and liquorice while the soft, grippy tannins make it richy textured and give a really good length at the finish.
When to drink: Mouthfilling and rich, roasted, or barbecued lamb make a good partner here as do smoky cheeses.
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.