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Bogle Chardonnay


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Bogle Chardonnay: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Bogle Chardonnay

Bogle, in the Clarksburg region of California, has long been known as a producer of solid "value wines", a term meaning inexpensive but decently made wines with no great pretensions but delivering reasonable drinkability (their Petite Sirah is especially well known).

Their Chard is fermented 50% in new American oak, and fermentation takes place on the lees; after that, the wine spends nine months in oak. The alcohol level is 13½%, big but not monster.

Bogle Chardonnay is hugely available everywhere, at prices that run from as low as $6 on up to as much as $17 (but the higher prices are outliers: the average, per Wine Searcher Pro, is about $9).


Bogle Chardonnay: Tasting Impressions

Our sampling of the Bogle Chardonnay was yet another round in our sempiternal quest to see if there is a better-than-acceptable "Cali-style" (oaked & malolactic) "value" Chard. We have been riding this carousel for many years, and will doubtless be doing so forever.

This Bogle Chardonnay is clearly the first runner-up to our current favorite "value" Chard. The Bogle has the characteristics of a California Chard down quite well: the apple-pear fruitiness, the malolactic-fermentation milkiness, the oakiness—in short, the whole package, nicely executed and thoroughly pleasing.

One thing in which it stands out from the crowd of would-be bargian chards: it avoids the cloying excess of nearly sweet quality that spoil so many others. Mind, it does not avoid it perfectly, there being a lingering sense that it is somehow about to burst into off-dry mode, but the restraint is sufficient.

This is not a Montrachet, nor, in fairness, does it aspire to be. Our slight continuing preference for one other could be personal taste, and we certainly wouldn't mind being served this Bogle Chardonnay any time, anywhere. For a "value" Chardonnay, highly recommended.


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