The other night, Kara and I were picking up a few items at Target.
It was getting close to dinner time, so we decided to grab a bottle of wine to go with our meal.
The wine section of Target is not that big. It’s not big at all.
In an instant…
I found myself stuck.
I was in that wine vortex.
I didn’t want to pay too much.
I also didn’t want to come home with crap.
I found myself picking up a whole bunch of bottles, just to put them right back down in frustration.
I wanted to pick the perfect wine.
I’m sure you’ve been there…
Feeling totally overwhelmed.
15 minutes later, Kara poked her head around the corner and asked, “Are you ready to go yet?”
“In a moment.”
“What’s taking you so long?” she asked. “It’s just wine… And we are at Target, for Pete’s sake. Just pick one, and let’s get out of here.”
Not a bad idea, I thought.
“Just pick one,” I said to myself. “No need to over think it.”
I scanned the wines quickly, looking for a familiar label, and came up with this…
We picked up the Bogle 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel for 11 bucks. You should be able to find this one anywhere. I grabbed it because Bogle, as big as they are, makes consistently good wine at a fair price.
Nothing to brag about to your wine friends.
Here’s how it did…
Color: The Bogle Zin has a dark strawberry red color. So far, so good.
Nose: Nice fruit aromas of blackberry, plum and cranberry. Nice and chalky, with a subtle hint of vanilla and oak. Nice.
Taste: This is my jam! Bike tires and plums up front. Good acidity of grapefruit zest. This Zin has an alcohol content of 14.5%, but you’d never tell by taste. The Bogle has mad balance.
Score: I was really impressed with the quality of fruit, acid, and mouthfeel on this wine. At 11 dollars, I can’t think of many other Zinfandels at that price point that could compete with this Bogle. 89 points.
Because I know this wine is can be found all over the place, and because of its price, I’m recommending that all of you give it a try.
Don’t think about it too much…
Just drink it.