Bogle Phantom California 2014

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   California

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $18

ABV   14.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep ruby color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are very intense offering scents of cassis and plum with supporting notes of black cherry, cigar box, cocoa, and oak.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of black cherry and brown baking spices. The finish is long and lingering with ripe tannins and silky oak tones.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a voluptuous texture.

Cool Factor

A

Red blends are rightfully in vogue and will continue to delight consumers. The Bogle Phantom, like their Essential Red, delivers rich and complex flavors and does so at a value.

Value Grade

A

Bogle has proven themselves to be a reliable producer of fresh, well-made, and solid wines sold at prices that make wine a lifestyle for many, not a drink for an occasion. Their Phantom is a bit more pricey than most but it's still a fantastic value.

Analysis

This delicious red is made with a unique blend of 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. The Bogle Phantom is a sibling to Bogle's Essential Red that is a hit year after year. The Phantom is a bit of an upgrade offering richer and more complex flavors. The wine is aged for a period of 24 months in one and two year-old American oak casks. The wood aging marries beautiful with the rich fruit without ever becoming dominant. This beautiful red blend will be sure to win over many California wine drinkers and you cannot beat the value for money. 91 points.

How to Enjoy

Sip alone at happy hour or pair this with rich winter stews or roasts.

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