Monday, June 10, 2013

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Bogle Chardonnay

Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
Clarksburg, California

I've passed by this wine in the grocery store many a time but had never tried it until tonight. Bogle Vineyards is a (large) family run operation hailing from Clarksburg, California. They produce a wide range of wines, sourcing grapes from throughout the state -- a large number of these vineyards are farmed with sustainable practices. 

Review: This wine is quite heavily oaked -- half of the wine is fermented in oak, half in stainless steel, followed by 9 months of ageing in sweet American oak. On the nose I don't get much other than the toasty wood and butter, but on the palate some more fruit comes out. There's a nice flavor of lemons and pears, followed by a lingering woody finish. In addition to the oak treatment, the wine is allowed to go through malolactic fermentation (or ML), where harsh malic acid is converted into soft, buttery lactic acid. Plus, during the fermentation process, the wine is allowed to rest on the lees (spent yeast cells). Together, this soft acidity and lees ageing gives the wine a nice round body and texture

Food Pairing: cheesy spinach frittata with a side of leafy greens.

Bottom Line:  I will confess that this is not my style of Chardonnay. I tend to prefer more fruit and less oak. At times I felt like I could almost chew the wood. Be that as it may, this is a style of Chard that LOTS of people do enjoy. Overall, this is a good price ($9.59) for a heavily oaked, well balanced Chard. Not my first choice Chard, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers...

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: California
  • GRAPE: Chardonnay
  • AGEING: 9 months American Oak
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it?  Shoppers

What's the damage?   Low Price

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