Hauntingly Delicious: 2015 Bogle, “Phantom,” California
Although the Bogle family has been farming since the 1800s, it wasn't until 1968 that father and son Chris and Warren Bogle planted 20 acres of wine grapes in Clarksburg, California, a small farming community in the Sacramento Delta. Now run by Warren, Jody and Ryan Bogle, the winery currently produces 100,000 cases of wine. Nevertheless, time-honored traditions remain. Most of the vineyards are family-owned and operated and certified sustainable. All of the wines are barrel-aged and hand-stirred.
The 2015 Bogle Phantom Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The grapes are picked, vinified and aged separately for two years in small American oak barrels. The final wine is then blended and bottled.
On the nose, this wine shows of ripe ‘Zin Berry’ (as I like to call it) fruit, a mix of jammy blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries. The Petite Sirah brings beautiful purple and red floral aromas to the wine. On the palate, it is juicy and full, with notes of toast, cinnamon and vanilla.
This wine is ideal for a cold winter night. Open a bottle to sip with friends. Make a note now to consider it for the holidays; Easter is right around the corner.
Along the Delaware coast, you can find this wine at Catch 54 in Fenwick Island and Fish On and Matt’s Fish Camp, both in Lewes.