Wine: Bogle Merlot (red)

June 26, 2015 Merlot, red wines, wine, Wine Reviews 0

Wine: Bogle Merlot (red)
The growing season of 2013 was perfect for winegrape growers: long, mild and dry. These optimal conditions allowed our merlot grapes to develop undisturbed, gathering balance and complexity that can be seen in this year’s vintage.

Darker ruby in the glass than previous years, the wine hints of sweet basil and other summer herbs on the nose. Swiftly followed by a rich and round entry of black cherries and ripe plums, the silky fruit embraces the palate. Soft yet enveloping tannins finish the wine with touches of roasted cocoa and toasty oak from 10 months of aging in American oak barrels.

While you should feel free to enjoy this wine with nearly any food pairing, a few of our favorites are:
• Margherita Pizza
• Aged White Cheddar
• Chicken Liver Pâté

Vintage: 2013
Appellation: California
Vineyard Source: Clarksburg, Lodi and Monterey
Barrel Program: 100% barrel aged in American Oak for 12 months
Wine pH: 3.58
Wine Acidity: 0.56g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

My husband and I received this bottle of Bogle Merlot as a gift. I want to say it was during a gathering we had recently but I’m not 100% sure.

I decided to open this bottle of Bogle Merlot to enjoy with a steak dinner. I paired the Merlot with medium rare grilled steak, cucumber salad & fresh corn on the cob.

The Bogle smelled like berries with an overpowering woodsy/oak scent. Maybe also a hint of tobacco? IDK.

I have to say that I was NOT a big fan of this wine. The Bogle Merlot tasted tart and bitter. I tried with an aerator first then I tried a direct pour with it left it to breathe for about 15 minutes. I also tried using an aerator and leaving it to breathe for about 10 minutes. The longer it breathed, the sweeter it became but on the whole the Bogle stayed rather tart and bitter.

I really like Merlots. When picking my favorite reds, I have to say it’s always a toss up between Australian Shiraz and Merlots. So I was rather surprised by how much I disliked this Merlot. In order to give the wine a fair shake, I also tried it poured directly without time to breathe. The taste was much fuller but I still disliked it. Hubby isn’t a red fan to begin with – he was completely disgusted by this one and refused to taste more than a few sips.

Suffice to say, we will not try the Bogle Merlot again.

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