Bogle Vineyards is a very reliable California brand headed by president and vineyard manager Warren Bogle, the sixth generation of Bogles to farm in California’s Sacramento Delta. The Bogle wines are produced primarily from the 1,700 acres the Bogle family farms in Clarksburg. This pinot noir is sourced from those family farms in the Clarksburg Delta as well as vineyard partners in the Russian River Valley and Monterey County.
The wine spends 10 months in French and American oak barrels, and has a modest ABV of 13.5 percent. Highly aromatic in the glass, with effusive aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, rose petal, spice, and vanilla, the wine is moderately rich on the palate with fruit flavors that echo the nose.
This tasty pinot noir is delightful on its own, but it will stand up to substantial foods such as short ribs, rack of lamb, or duck confit.
The 2013 Bogle Vineyards California Pinot Noir ($10) is widely available in Orange County, including Trader Joe’s Markets, Total Wine & More, and many supermarkets.