Bogle Phantom 2018
Aromas of baked cherry cobbler and ripe cranberries are front and center. Framed with nutmeg and allspice delivered from aging 2 years in American oak. All wrapped with peppercorn, anise, and juniper berries which are abundant flavors found in the Petite Sirah and Zinfandel varieties. Don't be fooled by the seductive nose. At first sip, the Phantom is generous and mouthfilling. is wine is packed with big color, dark fruit and ample tannins. While the Phantom is perfect today there is enough structure here to age well into the next decade.
Blend: 52% Petite Sirah, 48% Zinfandel
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Rich, layered and smooth, this opulent wine oozes blackberries, milk chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon as soft tannins give it a mouth filling, velvety texture. Best Buy.
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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.
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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!