Bogle Essential Red California 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   California

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $12

ABV   13.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, bright ruby red.

Aromatics

The nose is generously proportioned with the scents of freshly crushed red and black berries with supporting notes of brown baking spices, blueberry, black currant, vanilla, and toasted oak.

Flavor

The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering a lush but incredibly vibrant, fruit-driven core with tart fruit acidity, oak, spice, and a hint of earth.

Intensity & Texture

Wonderfully intense and rich without being heavy or brooding with a lovely dose of acid and chewy tannins that offer structure.

Cool Factor

A

Buzz words and phrases are always changing winds in the wine biz. Today "blends" are all the rage somehow in total disregard that most wines have always been blends! Well, whatever it takes to get consumers to better understand that the sum of the parts can be a beautiful thing.

Value Grade

A

When you see Bogle on the label it's likely that the wine inside will punch well above its weight.

Analysis

This blend of old-vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet, and Petite Sirah does not conform to any Old World model but who cares! It’s simply hedonistic and alluring as this wine begs the next sip. The 2013 Essential Red is more balanced and less sweet than in years past while being just as fruit-driven as previous vintages. 91 points out of a 100.

How to Enjoy

You really need nothing but a glass but it's super with tomato sauce, roasted or grilled red meat, and a big baking dish of homemade lasagna!

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