Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
Head-trained, dry farmed vines planted by early pioneers of our state have stood the test of time. Producing small, concentrated clusters of grapes, these vines embody the true California spirit! It is these vines that Bogle winemakers seek to create our Old Vine Zinfandel. Often characterized by spice, this wine is no exception. On the nose, juniper, black pepper and spicy nutmeg awaken the senses. Garnets glitter in the glass, while flavors of cranberries and raspberries glisten on the palate. Lively ruby red fruits catch your fancy, all leading to a full and round finish after aging in 2-year old American oak for 14 months. Hints of marionberry pie and baking spices complete the wine, with a long and lingering finish. Food pairing Grilled Sausages with Caramelized Onions and Peppers Tandoori Chicken Gorgonzola Cheese.
California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.
While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.
The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.
This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!