Bogle Winery was founded in 1968 and is located in the Clarksburg AVA. The Bogle Family has been farming in the Sacramento Delta for over a century, but the latest generations have taken their expertise into the field of viticulture.
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Starting with a modest 20 acres in Clarksburg, they now own or manage over 1,200 acres. They produce a wide variety of wine, and have won numerous medals in regional and state wine competitions.
Winemakers Chris Smith and Eric Aafedt use their experience and expertise to produce wines that embody the characteristics of the vineyards. Smith is a graduate of the UC Davis school of Enology and plays a crucial role in the vineyard management.
Bogle produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vine Zinfandel, a blend called Phantom, and Petite Syrah. Most of the grapes used for these wines are produced in their Clarksburg vineyards.
The innovative viticulture techniques used by Bogle in their vineyards produces healthy vines with highly structured root systems. This produces grapes with flavors that reflect the terroir of Clarksburg. Here are some tasting notes that I have made from various Bogle wines:
The Bogle 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes from Clarksburg, Lodi and Monterey. It also contains 20% Cabernet Franc and was aged in American oak for 14 months. This is an affordable, full bodied wine.
Bogle’s 2002 Petite Sirah is a dark, inky wine that manages to be simultaneously graceful. Ripe fruit flavors are mellowed by rounded tannins. You would be hard-pressed to find a better Syrah at this price.
The Bogle 2003 Sauvignon Blanc is another great value. The grapes were sourced from Monterey and Amador Counties and cold-fermented. It is very refreshing and good with food.