VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
The Bogle family has been farming in California since the mid 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1968 that father and son, Warren and Chris Bogle, planted wine grapes in Clarksburg, California, 14 miles south of Sacramento in Yolo County along the Sacramento River. Today Bogle farms over 1,200 acres in the Sacramento Delta region. The winery was established in 1979. Patty Bogle took over operation of the winery in 1989 and her husband Chris ran the company's agricultural program until he died in 1997. Chris and Patti Bogle met while students at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Their son, Warren Jr., took over as the company's vineyard manager and became president in 2002. A daughter is secretary of the board of directors, and the youngest son, Ryan Bogle, is vice president. Patty Bogle died in 2011 from leukemia.
Initially the Bogles sold their grapes but in 1979, they began producing 4,000 cases annually. Today, they ship more than 1.2 million cases of wine and operate production facilities in Clarksburg and throughout Northern California. The were ranked as the country's 14th-largest winery in 2011.
Bogle is better known for several varietals other than Pinot Noir and is probably the largest California producer of Petite Sirah. Beginning with the 2003 vintage, they have hit the mark with value-priced Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in some vintages. There is widespread retail distribution of this value-play Pinot Noir.
Articles About Bogle Vineyards
2013 Bogle Vineyards California Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.53, $9.99. Released December 2014. Grapes were sourced from Russian River Valley, Monterey hills, and Clarksburg Delta. Aged 10 months in French and American oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic, with scents of black cherry, black raspberry, spice, rose and vanilla persisting over time in the glass. Plenty of tasty dark berry and dark stone fruit accented with spice and vanilla from complimentary oak. The broad-shouldered tannins are well matched to the fruit load, making the wine easy to drink. This wine will stand up to substantial, hearty foods. It reminds me of the highly popular Meiomi California Pinot Noir in style and flavor. A crazy value. I challenge you to find a better California Pinot Noir at this price! Widely distributed. Score: 89. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Bogle Vineyards California Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $9.99. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Pleasant aromas of cherries, baking spice and oak. A solid wine with modestly intense flavors of oak-kissed cherry and cranberry backed by balanced dry tannins. Easy to drink with a spark of acidity on the finish. Score: 84. Reviewed December 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2007 Bogle Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.62, $13, released March, 2009. From a family owned winery in Clarksburg, CA producing multiple varietals from its Delta vineyards, but having a good track record with value priced Pinot Noir as well. Aged 12 months in French and American oak. · A pretty solid wine for the fare featuring a rich core of black cherry and black raspberry fruit with underpinnings of exotic spices, dark chocolate, and smoke. The tannins are restrained and the finish is pleasingly fruity albeit a touch hot. Widely distributed. Reviewed September 19, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Bogle Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $12. · Smoky cherry-berry fruits with a little good Pinot funk and whiff of oak char on the nose leading to simple and shallow fruit in the mouth that is sensibly balanced with soft tannins and reasonable acidity. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »
2005 Bogle Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
17,000 cases, $13. The Bogle family has been farming in California since the mid 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1968 that father and son, Warren and Cris, planted wine grapes in Clarksburg, along the Sacramento River. Today they farm over 1,200 acres in the Sacramento Delta. They are better known for several other varietals than Pinot Noir, but beginning with the 2003 vintage, they have really hit the mark with Pinot Noir. This Pinot was aged 12 months in French and American oak. There is widespread retail distribution. · This was one of my highest scoring Pinot Noirs. The aromas of raspberries, cherries, roses, and a hint of oak are voluptuous. Mixed berry and black cherry fruit are racy and sexy. The soft texture is Elvis on velvet. The tannins are soft and coating and the finish is clean and bright. A complete wine that sings with food. It is almost impossible to find Pinot Noir of this quality at this price point. Stock up. Reviewed January 22, 2007 ARTICLE »
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