A pleasing and perfectly balanced Petite Sirah.
SRP of $11. Available widely for $9-$10. Sample received courtesy of Bogle Vineyards for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
"Thirty-two years after it was first produced by the Bogle family in 1978, Petite Sirah is today considered Bogle's "heritage" varietal. Once again the trademark qualities shine through in a wine that is the perfect integration of fruit and oak.
Full-bodied on the entry, aromas of black plum jam and toasty oak set the stage for what is to come. Vibrant boysenberries and luscious fruit are framed by serious tannins, while wisps of leather and vanilla seduce just enough. A final touch of acidity finishes the wine with a precisely balanced mouthfeel. 13.5% alcohol."
This is the fifth Petite Sirah I've reviewed in the last few weeks and I've really come to appreciate the complexity these wines deliver at a great price. Makes me wonder why Petite Sirah hasn't gotten more attention in recent times. Of course this lack of attention means you can always pull these wines out to "wow" your unsuspecting wine friends with your "discovery" and maybe even give the wine snobs a bit of their own medicine!
The 2008 Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah shows a deep, dark purple in the glass. It exhibits aromas of plum, blueberry, and even a bit of chocolate on the nose. This is a wine with a pleasing amount of fruit and sweetness balanced by nice acidity, slightly bitter tannins, and a little shot of black pepper for good measure. Overall a very nice wine at a very nice price.
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