By Kori ~ December 10th, 2009.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2007 Bogle Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley in California.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
With the holidays rapidly approaching, more and more folks are thinking about special foods for holiday meals. And Pinot Noir is definitely a food wine. While regular Wine Peeps readers know that Pinot Noir is a finicky grape and we find good Pinot Noirs difficult to find at reasonable prices with good QPRs, this Bogle Pinot Noir is a great buy that you should find easy to locate in your area.
Bogle Winery was established in 1978, ten years after the father and son team of Warren (Sr.) and Chris Bogle planted their first 20 acres of wine grapes in Clarksburg, California. Patty Bogle, Chris’s widow, is the winery owner; her son, Warren (named for his grandfather), is the vineyard manager; and her daughter, Jody, is in charge of customer affairs, international sales, and their wine club. Six generations of the Bogle family have farmed the fertile Delta region along the Sacramento River. Today, Bogle Vineyards farms over 1,200 acres of wine grapes. It is apparent that the hands-on involvement of the Bogle family is a big reason for their continued success.
“The cool confines of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County provide a near perfect climate for the development of delicate Pinot Noir aromatics and flavors. Cloaked in morning fog with warm sunshine through the later day, these valley floor vineyards grow tiny, perfect clusters of deeply colored fruit. Soft suggestions of violets and rose petals couple with notes of wild cherries and cola. Subtle cocoa and toasty oak notes closely follow the lasting fruit flavors, creating an earthy finish of both structure and finesse.” –Winemaker Notes for the 2007 Bogle Pinot Noir
2007 Bogle Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, California): Medium ruby red in color. Beautiful cranberry and jalapeno aromas lead to flavors of red fruits, spice, a hint of barnyard, and finally some coffee. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Well-balanced and smooth with a long, spicy finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle) $14; Available elsewhere, $12 to $18
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, California Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25