While picking up a birthday present for my father-in-law, I stumbled across the 2009 Bogle Essential Red. I know many of “The Palates” enjoy the Bogle Old Vine Zin as an everyday drinking wine, so I decided to pick it up and see what it was all about (and for $8.99, originally $9.99, I couldn’t resist). The Bogle Essential Red is a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Syrah. The bottle itself screamed “Pick me up!!!” with the beautiful label featuring the old vine.
The best words to describe this wine are enjoyable and approachable. Once I poured this wine into my glass I noticed how beautifully dark the color was, even under a light I could barely see through it. When I put my nose in the glass it smelled warm, even though the wine was served slightly cooler than I normally would. I immediately noticed how easy this wine was to drink, it has a slightly sweet start with a dry finish. I could taste ripe cherries with a hint of spice at the end.
After tasting, I finished my glass with a couple chocolates. I have an uncontrollable weakness for dark chocolate, especially when it is combined with unique flavors. The Chipotle Chili flavor was especially delicious with the wine. The chili flavor snuck up on me and the combination was amazing. The Sea Salt flavor was scrumptious as well with large crystals of sea salt that had the perfect crunch.
I will definitely be picking up a few more bottles for our summer get-togethers. Its always nice when we can find a bottle we know that most, if not all of, our friends will enjoy.