boggle old vine zin 2013Old vines are prized because they produce richer more flavorful grapes although at a much reduced yield. I’m not sure how Bogle makes reasonably priced wines from low yielding vines, but I’m glad they do.

Deep, rich blackberry and red licorice compete for attention, enlivened by aromas of pepper, cinnamon and fresh pencil shavings. Some apparent alcohol is distracting. Soft and round but with good acidity and a mineral core that makes the wine feel lively on the palate. A medium length, flavorful finish with soft tannins and no hint of sourness.

Nothing surprising; just very solid winemaking. As usual, highly recommended for its value.

Score: 88

Price: $10

Alc: 14.5%