bogle zinBogle, as usual, hits the mark with this one, with grapes sourced from old vine vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and Lodi.

Good intensity but with some alcohol on the nose. The trade-off is a melange of lovely baking spice notes, red licorice, and bay leaf, with vanilla surrounding the black cherry core. There is enough fruit to leave an impression of sweetness but savory wins the day.

Very light and svelte on the palate for Zinfandel. The elegant, vivacious mouthfeel, crisp acidity and soft tannins make this a crowd pleaser, despite a short finish. If you’re not a Zinfandel fan try this. You might change your mind. There is not a hint of overripe fruit that often mars this varietal.

Score: 88/100

Price: $8-12

Alc: 14.5%