Bogle Phantom 2014
Blend: 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
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A lot of TLC seems to go into this blend of 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. Aged for 24 months in one- and two-year-old American oak gives this a spiced vanilla backbone in a creamy body. Brooding black fruit is luscious and bold and black pepper gives it more edge. Great value.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
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