Wine review: Bogle 2008 Merlot California

bogle_08_merlotThis wine is so rich and concentrated, it’s like drinking a Merlot in Zin clothing. Intense cherry cola, ripe plum, toasty coconut and sweet blueberry wash over your tongue, kinda leaving you wondering where the Merlot went. The Bogle family sourced the grapes from very hot regions around California — Lodi, Clarksburg and El Dorado — so the fruit ripened to a sweet height. The results show in the wine. If you like your juice to smack you around a little bit, grab one of these bottles. It was a crowd pleaser at a recent blind tasting. (Read a bit of Bogle’s history on this post).

Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: $9
Occasion: Tasted during a blind tasting with sample sent from winery.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Food pairing: Slow roasted pork dishes, salami, salty charcuterie, and burgers.
Availability: At most grocery stores


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