Full Review

Bogle

Bogle
2017 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10
Best Buy

Bogle
2017 Merlot, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, dried strawberry, vanilla bean, tea with honey, and flaky pastry with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of vanilla candle, sandalwood, and grilled berries with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, crowd-pleasing Merlot; juicy and delicious.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: blackberry jam, dried strawberry, vanilla bean, tea with honey, and flaky pastry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of vanilla candle, sandalwood, and grilled berries
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky, crowd-pleasing merlot; juicy and delicious.

The Producer

Bogle Vineyards, Inc.

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

Their Portfolio

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.
87 Bogle 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
89 Bogle 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.00.
84 Bogle 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
87 Bogle 2018 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $10.00.
89 Bogle 2017 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
88 Bogle 2017 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
85 Bogle 2016 Phantom, California 14.5% (USA) $20.00.

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.