Budget Wine Review: Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah California 2016

bogle petite sirahBogle is one of the more reliable large production wineries producing good value with only the occasional disappointment. They really hit the quality mark with this one. This is a gentle giant, big, concentrated and structured but smooth on the midpalate with a lingering, filigreed finish that doesn’t grip.

Blackberry and robust smoked meat aromas hit you in the face, against a background of high toast oak. Pronounced hazelnut with subtle coconut hints provide personality.

The deep, full bodied palate shows rich dark chocolate and considerable polish but it gradually acquires a soul as the very firm tannins kick in. It’s not really a dynamic wine but it sustains a fresh, fruity aspect throughout its length. This is an extraordinary value if you’re looking for heft that doesn’t savage the mouth.

Sprawling, indulgent yet affectionate, like a big puppy, and captured perfectly by the bombast and warmth of Robert Plant’s Shine It All Around

Technical Notes: Aged in American oak barrels for 12 months, grapes are from Clarksburg and Lodi

Score: 90

Price: Widely available for under $12

Alc: 14%

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