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Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 6.23.12 PMFor the price, Bogle Vineyards really puts out a quality product. I have reviewed two of their wines and have had in the past the Phantom, which is more of their premium mass marketed wine. On my last trip to the grocery store Wegmans, I found one that was a little more than some of its single varietal wines but that I had never had before, the 2010 Bogle Essential Red. Now their website now lists the 2011 version, both are made up of the same grapes. They are Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Syrah. This wine even has its own website! There is even a video on it:

Since this seems to be a pretty well marketed wine I am sure they do not let the taste profile wavier too much from year to year so I am just going to post the current tasting notes and we can compare from there:

A compelling blend of California’s finest plantings of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, this wine surpasses all expectation for pure enjoyment and approachability.

Calling on their years of experience and tradition, Bogle winemakers have delivered a wine with…

RICH, enticing layers of complexity, starting with that first
irresistible sip. 

RIPE fruit, intense with flavors of boysenberries and sweet cherries.

LUSCIOUS vanilla, caressing the palate from barrel aging in American and French oak.

JUICY and silky throughout, with a finish that lingers of black licorice and spicy pipe tobacco.

So how does it compare?

Color – Deep dark red with purple hue.

Nose – Leather and oak with dark fruit in the background.

Taste – Black cherry and dark fruit with a little bit of black pepper spice, leather and tobacco.

Finish – Medium-bodied and doesn’t linger as long as you would expect.

Overall, a good everyday drinking wine. It is more complex than some of its single varietal wines and it is a lot better than the other mass marketed blends. I would recommend this one to anyone who wants a good red wine on a budget. It has a lot of oak in it and for those who like that, will love this wine. It borderlines on overly oaky.

Rating: B-

~Justin