I have a lot of respect for Bogle. They are a large production winery that usually maintains consistent quality making varietally-correct, budget friendly wines. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a decent wine for the price. But it doesn’t quite meet the standards I’ve come to expect from Bogle.
The nose was closed at first but opened up with aeration—a dense, murky mélange of blackberry, plum, coffee, toasty oak and some background damp earth.
The palate opens round and weighty with unfocused blackberry and coffee hovering perilously close to the too sweet threshold. The soft, lush, fruity midpalate closes with exposed wood notes that introduce the medium-length finish which features a chiseled texture from medium grain tannins. Despite the lush midpalate, the wine feels awkward in the mouth. Neither polished nor explosive, it can’t quite figure out if it wants to be soft and smooth or powerful and mysterious.
Dark and anguished but too restrained to express anything truly provocative
Price: $12 (but often available for much less)
This wine calls for some power pop. Here is a good illustration of the effect music can have on wine. Cue up the power pop tune from the late 70’s My Sharona by the Knack and it makes the wine taste sweet and goofy. Better to get your pseudo-goth on with The Cure’s A Strange Day.