Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wine Review: Justin Bogaty Winemaker Selection Tannat 2017

Justin Bogaty Winemaker Selection Tannat 2017

Wine by Virginia's Bogaty Family Wine Group is back on the blog! I've reviewed a bunch of wines by them and I like to think of them as good friends. 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.

They've got four labels: Bogati Bodega, Veramar Vineyards, James Charles, and the winery exclusive Justin Bogaty Winemaker Selection. To read the other reviews I've written on all three of their labels, check out the Virginia label for the blog. Today I'm reviewing their winery exclusive 2017 Justin Bogaty Winemaker Selection Merlot and on Thursday it's their 2017 Justin Bogaty Winemaker Selection Tannat. So yeah, these are only available at the winery.

The color of the wine is purple. On the nose there's a cloud of flora with rose pedals and violets above aromas of chocolate, raspberries, anise, and cardamom. On the palate it's medium to full bodied with sweet tannins and an acidity that does a great job at brightening the fruit. There's flavors of juicy plum, blue raspberry, cardamom, a chunk of earth, and a piece of 2x4. The finish is incredibly long with plum, PEZ candy, and dirt.

I'm loving the crap out of this. Here I was expecting to have a big-ass astringent Tannat that I would need to let sit forever to open up because it's only a year old, and instead I'm greeted with a delightful juice-bomb that still has a gritty earthiness, is ready to drink now, and just has the personality of being a happy wine. Get what I'm saying?

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $35
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)


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

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