In a nutshell: A big, rich, full-bodied, full-on Californian red blend.
The lowdown: This plush Californian Red Blend is one of Bogle Vineyard's flagship wines. They vary the blend a bit each vintage so that they can use the best fruit available to achieve the desired result. In 2017 they used almost equal proportions of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel which was aged for 25 months in 3 year old American oak barrels. The result is a wine with a wonderfully seductive nose which is also very generously flavoured and mouthfilling being full of ripe black fruits, vanilla, cloves, liquorice and well rounded tannins.
When to drink: With a silky smooth body and long lingering finish this is an indulgence wine if ever there was one.
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.