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2008 Bogel Old Vines Zinfandel
February 25, 2011 - Norman Bentley
It takes old vines to produce good wines, and in California there aren't many vines older than the old Zinfandel vines. With its origins in Italy, Zinfandel is a wonderful wine with most pasta and other spicy dishes, and even barbecue. In the 1800's there were many Italian immigrants in California who planted Zinfandel vines, many of which still produce wine today.
The 2008 Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel is produced from grapes from Lodi and Amador Counties which come from vines ranging from forty to eighty years old. These old vines produce grapes which have heavily concentrated juice, with a full range of dark berry flavors. The flavors range from blackberry, to black raspberry, intermingled with pepper and a slight jammy nature. The wine has been oak aged for ten months and comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This is an intense wine with big fruit flavors, and is most enjoyable with a wide range of spicy foods.
We enjoyed the Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel with a big plate of pasta, with tomato sauce, including beef and and Italian sausage, and a lot of garlic. It would also be great with pizza, or some really spicy barbecue. Norm's score is an 87, which happens to be the same score from "The Wine Spectator".
Price - $10 - $15
Score - 87
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