Bogle delivers a terrific value here — an affordable Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards in Clarksburg and Lodi that confidently expresses all the hallmarks of the variety. It is a fresh and savory red, with aromas of mulberry, red plum, and pine forest followed by flavors of chocolate-dipped blueberries, fresh dill, and tapenade, with flourishes of caffè mocha and dried strawberry running throughout. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with mild oak (it aged 12 months in American oak), moderate acids, and chewy tannins. A casual yet generous red you can serve in volume at your next get-together and pair with assorted cheeses, olives, appetizers, grilled meats, pizza, burgers, and other hearty and party fare. For those of you who are looking for an inexpensive red wine that is well crafted, pleasing, and easy to find — and which will impress your friends — give Bogle’s 2012 Petite Sirah a taste. (13.5% ABV)
Availability: Bogle distributes its Petite Sirah nationally, and it can be found just about anywhere wine is sold — often at a price below the $12 average. For more information on this or other Bogle wines, visit the winery virtually at www.boglewinery.com.