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Bogle Vineyards California Merlot 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A burly fruit flavored wine that doesn’t do justice to inexpensive California Merlot.

Producer/Winery: Bogle Vineyards; Clarksburg, Calirfornia.

Grape Variety: Merlot.

Geographic Appellation: California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $7.99

Purchased From: Walmart; Kernersville, North Carolina.

Paired With: Swedish meatballs in Béchamel sauce with sour cream flavored with dill, Worcestershire sauce and nutmeg; mashed potatoes and peas; dark chocolate for dessert.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, dark purple color with a lighter rim. Ripe plumb and cherry aromas with vegetative whiffs that remind me of moldy hay in still barn air. Medium-body, slightly sharp mouth-feel; juicy, overly ripe indistinguishable berry fruit flavor that had a nagging sweetness that turns abruptly at mid palate to a bitter, dusty, slightly sharp, mouth puckering tar finish that goes on and on through a slightly peppery aftertaste. OK (at best) with the meatballs, drinkable alone and terrible with the dark chocolate. At $8 it just squeezes into the “Not bad” category for a Merlot, but Vicky says she likes the strong flavors for cooking, so it gets some positive points as a potential cooking wine. A burly fruit flavored wine that doesn’t do justice to inexpensive California Merlot.

Plump Merlot grapes ready for harvest
Photo from Wikipedia.

Comments: Learn more about Bogle Vineyards and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 0 80887 49378 2

Imported by: NA