Sunday, April 29, 2018

Wine Review: Bogati "Justin Bogaty Winemaker Series" Vidal Blanc 2017

I've been very lucky to have a great relationship with the Bogati Family Wine Group from Virginia for over two years now. They have three labels with Veramar Vineyard, James Charles Winery & Vineyard, and Bogati Bodega & Vineyard. I've reviewed a bunch of their wines and you can read them here by looking under my Virginia labels. Whelp, they're back for more with two more wines starting with their 2017 JB Vidal Blanc and then their 2016 Bogati Malbec. And from what I hear there will be a bunch more on the way soon! I'm really looking forward to it.

James Charles Bogaty's parents came over to America from the Italian Alps, and his family in the old country still runs a small vineyard. So James thought he'd carry out his family tradition in Virginia. He bought his first vineyard in 1995, and in 2000 he and his wife Della founded Veramar Vineyards.  Their son Justin became the winemaker in 2001 and this wine is from his small batch Justin Bogaty Winemaker Series, which is only available to wine club members.

Vidal Blanc is a hybrid grape made from the Vitis vinifera variety Ugni Blanc and another hybrid grape called Rayon d'Or. It was bred to withstand cold temperatures and still produce high sugar levels and acidity. The very first wine that I reviewed by Bogati was their 2014 Seyval Blanc and that is a hybrid as well, and if you want to learn more about hybrids then I suggest you head on over and read that review because it's a really good one!

The color of the wine is ginger ale yellow. I guess that's the best way to describe it. Like how you take ginger ale and stir it with a spoon until it's lost its carbonation. Is ginger ale really good for your stomach when you do this? Is that real or an old wives tale? I mean, I'm sure ginger has some beneficial qualities to it but this always sounded like a load of bull to me. I dunno... whatever.

Anyways... on the nose there's aromas of pears, lemon, and honeysuckle. It's medium bodied with a fluffy mouthfeel and unobtrusive acidity. The aromas of pears, lemon, and honeysuckle that were on the nose follow through BIG TIME onto the palate but they're joined by cilantro and a little hint of spearmint. Then it finishes with a bit of tartness and flavors of pears and spearmint.

YUM YUM! It's such a happy-maker. How somebody could take a sip of this and not smile is beyond me. Buuuuut it's $28 dollars so I'm placing it between Satisfying and Recommended for the money you spend. 

Price: $28
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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