This Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel review is part of our value wine series. Discover beautiful and easy to access wines that aren’t too hard to find! The Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel can be found at Trader Joe’s, for as little as $ 11.99. Or have it delivered to your door for $ 10.99 via Wine.com.
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel from Clarksburg, California
Another great find at my local Trader Joe’s, the Bogle Zin is a solid bet if you’re looking to get a classic taste of North-Central California. Although today we’re taking a look at the 2013 Bogle Zinfandel, past vintages have been rated as good under $15 wines from similar regions.
If you’re looking for a reliable, low cost Zinfandel from a notable region (and Vintner) in California, look no further than Bogle. Vines used to produce this particular wine are at least 60 years old (some as old as 80). They’re also lower-yielding, given their age, and offer up grapes with bolder flavor and aromatic concentrations. Zinfandel vines are somewhat unique in appearance given their brambly structure, and the flavor structure of the wine in my mind seems to mimic its physical appearance.
This particular Old Vine Zinfandel is aged for about 12 months in American Oak (*merica). We’re looking at around 14.5% ABV with surprisingly noticeable tannins given the relatively thin skin of the Zinfandel grape.
At the time of writing this review, the Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel was released in just February, 2015. That means it’s still less than a year old since release. Don’t worry about decanting or aging this wine – the price and grape are ripe for drinking!
For best results, chill to about 62 degrees (15 minutes in the fridge) and utilize a self-aerating wine glass. Pour as an aperitif or dinner food pairing.
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel Tasting Notes
In the glass, we get an elegant dark red garnet and ruby color. The nose is reminiscent of juicy berry, leather and dry maple leaves. The opening is palate is bold, medium-bodied and inviting, backed by very prominent hints of dark red berries and juicy cassis.
The mid-palate rounds out a bit with soft yet somewhat edgy tannins. Add to that a bit of cracked red pepper spice, blackberry and dragonfruit over a small amount of coconut vanilla colada.
Texture throughout is surprisingly dense and packed with good layers of both fruit and spice. Balance is a bit more upfront on the opening with a rounding in the middle. The close kicks it back up a notch with dry red pepper, boysenberry and lingering upbeat acidity.
Food Pairings with the Bogle Zinfandel
Given the texture and flavor notes present in this reliable Old Vine Zin, consider pairing it with equally reliable sweet and spicy foods.
The first thing that comes to mind is pizza with Italian sausage and red wine marinara. Don’t shy away from the Parmesan Romano!
If you’d rather not go for pizza, consider a New Orleans styled cajun-shrimp Po’ boy with thousand island dressing (yeah… I’m getting hungry too).
Last but not least, consider Indian Chicken Tikka Masala or Grilled Beer-marinated onion, garlic, brown sugar and chili-powdered Bratwurst.