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August 2008

Wine of the month for August is appropriately timed with the annual release of this wine which is normally during August. It is Bogle Phantom, a red blend produced by Bogle Vineyards of Clarksburg California. Most of you are probably familiar with the Bogle Vineyards line of wines, they make a wide variety of wines that are usually readily available, but the Phantom is a bit harder to locate on the shelf. Bogle makes Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, as well as a port in addition to this month’s feature “Phantom”. I love the name as much as I love the wine, it’s mysterious and exciting at the same time. I am currently drinking the 2004 vintage, although I still have a few bottles of the 2003 vintage in my cellar as I put away at least one case per year to enjoy at a later date. We do this because once Phantom is gone, it is gone until next year. The 2004 vintage is comprised of 54% Petite Sirah, 43% Old Vine Zinfandel, and 3% Old Vine Mourvedre. The wine is deep ruby red with lots of fruit forward taste, while finishing with a perfect jammy spicy blend of flavor that is outstanding. The label says it is a deep ruby apparition that personifies the true spirit of the Bogle.. I could not agree more! For those of you that don’t know a Bogle is defined as A Goblin; a specter; a phantom; a bogy, boggart or bugbear. Watch for the latest release that we are so anxiously awaiting and pick up a bottle, you won’t be sorry!

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