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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wine Review: Bogle Phantom Chardonnay 2017

Bogle Vineyards gave me two bottles from their Phantom line to share with friends, family, or followers on social media. So I said "forget the friends and family, I'm reviewing them!" First it's the 2017 Chardonnay and then on Sunday it's the 2015 Red Blend!

Though the Bogle family has been farming in the Clarksburg region for six generations, their involvement in the wine business spans back 50 years. In addition to passing down a strong work ethic and dedication to quality, the success of Bogle over the years is rooted in the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family. - Read more about the history of Bogle

2016 was the first vintage for the Phantom Chardonnay, but the red blend was created in 1999 around Patty Bogle’s dining room table as the family blended some of their finest vineyard offerings. The name "Phantom" seemed fitting as "Bogle" is the Scottish word for "ghost".

The 2017 Phantom Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay from Clarksburg, California. It was aged sur lee for 10 months in 100% French Oak with lees stirring twice a month, and it has a 14.5% ABV.

BUT BEFORE WE TASTE! The bottles for the Bogle's Phantom wines have those labels that you can use in the Augmented Reality Wine Labels app, and they have a creepy marketing thing going on with it, so I've got to do some promoting here and tell you to check out this video before we go any further:

Alright, let's get on with it! The color of the wine is light gold. On the nose there's aromas of perfume, apple crisp, baked pears, vanilla, and butter. On the palate it's full bodied with a creamy and buttery mouthfeel and an acidity that makes itself present enough to make this wine not feel like you're sucking on a Werther's. On the midpalate there's flavors of caramel, cooked apple, banana, and vanilla. Then on the finish that acidity uplifts everything to pineapple and vanilla with a creamy and buttery coating.

You know I'm a BIG fan of buttery Chardonnay, and although this isn't one that I would describe as "buttery heaven" it is a solid one that will only cost people like myself who like that style $20. Not bad! It's good stuff and I would not mind dropping a Jackson (or a future Tubman) on this puppy.

Price: $20
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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