Bogle 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
Price: Widely available for under $12