Lots of great stuff in this zin.
Complex on the nose. I might just sit here and watch this Lewis Black documentary and smell this wine. Getting, chocolate, root beer and that leather that you get when you walk by a Wilson's Leather Store but don't go in.
This wine is not a fruit bomb. For those of you who want a bomb pop in a bottle, this is not for you. Chocolate, tobacco, cedar, and maybe some really mean dark cherries. A touch too heat on the end keeps this from being a 90 pointer.
Some of these grapes Lodi and Amador come from 80 year old vines and you can taste the intensity in the grapes. Older vines yield less but the sacrifice in volume is made up for in flavor concentration.
A nice looking Zin, maybe a little on the light side.
A bit subdued on the nose. A little forest floor mixed with something dark like plums.
Blackberry pie to begin with. Reminds me of Willie Wonka (the real one with Gene Wilder) where Violet eats the gum that has a five course dinner. With this Bogle there is an initial burst of sweet blackberries that transitions nicely into dark, woodsy but not overoaked place. Finally, there's a clove-like spice on the end that's pleasant.
Some of the reviews I read brought up issues with the heat. The '08 OV Zin weighs in at 14.5%, so it's a big guy. I didn't have an issue with the alcohol content, thought it was nicely balanced with the strong blackberry and oak.
Bogle is the wine of the month and their Pinot Noir is $8.99.
A darker Pinot than I've seen lately. It has the classic strawberry aroma that Pinots are known for. Almost like those little hard candies that are wrapped to look like a strawberry. They have strawberry goo inside the candy, yeah, it smell like that. Undertones of oak. Not much else going on and even the strawberry is kind of limp.
Not all that great on the palate either. A tiny bit of bitter cherries mixed with oak leads to an extremely awkward finish. Something out of whack with how sour this finish is.
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