Varietal: Petite Sirah
Region: Clarksburg & Lodi, CA – USA
Cost: $11 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Showcasing trademark characteristics, the wine is impressively inky, dark, and luscious in the glass. Supple fruits, including wild blackberry and Oregon blueberry, are distinct both in the aromatics and on first sip. Concentrated and rich, savory notes of toasty oak combine with mocha and hints of salted caramel. The finish, firm and full bodied, lingers and lasts as only Petite Sirah can. Try this unique wine with rich meat dishes of lamb, pork, or game and their heart sauces.
My Review: A funny thing happened some weeks back when I received a box with several bottles of Bogle Vineyards wine in it – just days earlier I had been at the store and, when deciding to pick out a nice budget red, I grabbed a bottle of 2011 Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah, only to have a bottle show up at my door not three days later. Apparently it was meant to be.
In the glass the wine was nothing if not an inky purple, and on the nose I picked up dark fruit notes, most notably blackberry – I don’t know the difference between a regular blueberry and an Oregon blueberry, but either way, it wasn’t there for me. In the mouth the wine showed notes of oak and salted caramel mixed in with soft berry notes.
Unfortunately I didn’t pair the wine with any meat – my grill is out of commission for the season as while it was gorgeous this weekend (70 on Sunday) when I enjoyed the wine, it is, as I write this, snowing heavily out my office window. Instead I cooked up some simple pasta with red sauce. The wine did ok with it, but it definitely called out for something that used to be alive and ambulatory.
Bogle has quickly become my go-to budget wine, allowing me to get wines for under $15 that don’t necessarily drink that way. If you’re in the market for a budget wine, especially when the weather finally warms up and you’re having cook outs with friends and family, you can do a lot worse for your dollar than the 2011 Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah.
Editor’s Notes: I received this wine as a free sample for review.