The main reason some family businesses compete successfully in a crowded wine market is low debt and vineyard ownership. Bogle Vineyards, a third generation, family-owned and -operated winery, owns 1,500 acres and isn’t beholden to a bank. That’s how they can sell high quality wine at a low price. That, and they’ve been making Petite Sirah a long time. That helps. Their 2008 Petite Sirah is ripe and fragrant with raspberries, blackberries, blueberry, brewed tea, soft leather and the sharp flavors of Chambord liqueur. High in acidity and tannins are restrained. 13.5% alcohol.
Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Occasion: Tasted at a party.
Availability: High end grocery stores.
Food pairing: Slow braised red meats, pork loin or game.