2008 Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel: Rough, earthy
dec. 8, 2010: alright. bogle just doesn't compare to cline's old vine zin. this 2009 from california is rougher, and a bit more bold, than the cline, though the second night, it had mellowed a bit. for about $9 at schnucks, it's not bad in terms of flavor, but texturally, there are smoother versions out there. 14.5 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.