Full Review

Bogle

Bogle
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9

Bogle
2015 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .3%
Bright garnet black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of swiss cheese, blackberry mostarda, clove cigarettes, and vanilla and saffron with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, carefree finish with touches of pumpkin spice with clunky, crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A smoky and spicy merlot for exotic meals.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: Swiss cheese, blackberry mostarda, clove cigarettes, and vanilla and saffron
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of pumpkin spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smoky and spicy merlot for exotic meals.

The Producer

Bogle Vineyards, Inc.

The Producer
37783 County Rd 144
Clarksburg, CA 95612
USA
1 916-744-1139

Their Portfolio

88 Bogle 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
91 Bogle 2014 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
88 Bogle 2014 Essential Red, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
88 Bogle 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
84 Bogle 2015 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
85 Bogle 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
90 Bogle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
90 Bogle 2015 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
90 Bogle 2014 Phantom, California 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Bogle 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $11.00.
88 Bogle 2015 Old Vine Essential Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
90 Bogle 2014 Phantom Red, California 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Bogle 2015 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Bogle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
89 Bogle 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
87 Bogle 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
86 Bogle 2015 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
88 Bogle 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $11.00.
90 Bogle 2015 Old Vine Essential Red, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
87 Bogle 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.00.
85 Bogle 2014 Phantom Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Bogle 2016 Phantom, Chardonnay, Clarksburg 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Bogle 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
86 Bogle 2016 Merlot, California 14% (USA) $10.00.
86 Bogle 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
87 Bogle 2015 Old Vine Essential Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 Bogle 2016 Petite Sirah, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
84 Bogle 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
85 Bogle 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
85 Bogle 2016 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
88 Bogle 2016 Phantom, Chardonnay, Clarksburg 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
91 Bogle 2014 Phantom Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Bogle 2016 Merlot, California 14% (USA) $10.00.
88 Bogle 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
93 Bogle 2016 50th Anniversary Reserve, Petite Sirah, Clarksburg 15% (USA) $42.00.
90 Bogle 2017 Phantom, Chardonnay, Clarksburg 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
89 Bogle 2017 Chardonnay, California 14% (USA) $10.00.
89 Bogle 2015 Phantom Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
90 Bogle 2016 Essential Red Blend, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
85 Bogle 2016 Petite Sirah, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
88 Bogle 2016 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
86 Bogle 2016 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
90 Bogle 2016 Essential Red Blend, Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
90 Bogle 2016 Petite Sirah, California 14% (USA) $12.00.
82 Bogle 2018 Rosé, California 13% (USA) $13.00.
91 Phantom 2013 Dark Red Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $18.00.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.