EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Bogle Vineyards | Phantom | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $17 | 87 pts

Bogle PhantomBogle has released its newest Phantom — a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel (51%) Petite Sirah (47%), and Old Vine Mourvedre (2%) sourced from vineyards in Lodi, Clarksburg, and Amador County.  This is Bogle’s flagship red, produced in limited quantities and released each fall at a reliably modest price.  We always look forward to tasting it as the weather begins to turn (at least here on the East Coast!).  The 2010 is dry, full-bodied, and tangy, with aromas of dried mission fig, wild berries, and toasty oak followed by flavors of black raspberry, cinnamon stick, clove, and vanilla bean, with a sprig of fresh thyme on the finish.  Oak is forward and cedary at this stage (the wine was aged in American oak barrels for over two years) and tannins are chewy, so we suggest pulling the cork and letting it sit (or decanting) for an hour, or so, to allow it to open up before serving.  Doing so will reveal a generous red that will be enjoyable for casual fall sipping and dining, crowd-pleasing, and versatile with hearty foods.  You should have little if any trouble finding Phantom at larger wine shops, grocery stores with thoughtful wine selections, and online wine merchants.  For Bogle’s spec sheet on this wine, click here — Phantom — or visit the winery virtually at www.boglewinery.com.   (“Bogle,” by the way, is a Scots (Scottish) word for “phantom.”)

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