A few months ago, I was at a tasting at my local World Market, and I had a taste of the Bogle 2013 Phantom. The wine steward was telling everyone how gross it was, but I said I wanted to try it anyhow. They use these small plastic cups, like ones you’d get a piece of sausage in at Costco. Not the best for a big red wine, so I decided to take a chance on it when I saw it at Trader Joes because I didn’t mind it even in a little plastic cup. I’ve noticed most “retail” wine stewards leaning towards fruit bombs, and this is not your typical adult kool-aid kind of situation.
Bogle 2013 Phantom comes in at 14.9% ABV! The fruit comes from California from Lodi, Clarksburg, and Amador. The wine barrel aged in American oak for two years before release. The blend is 39% Zinfandel, 38% Petit Syrah, and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. I used a stemless red wine glass for tasting and my Vinturi. When the bottle is opened, the aroma is strong, full of juniper. The wine is a dark inky purple.
Bogle 2013 Phantom is a big wine with big flavors. The nose on the wine is big too with an immense amount of spices like white pepper, black pepper, ginger, clove, juniper, and allspice. It also has dried red fruits and stewed dark fruits. The mid palate is huge with significant amounts of tobacco, cedar, oak, dry vanilla, and a “bourbon” cask type flavor. The finish has leather, minerals, cacao nibs, dried fruits, oak, earth, and hints of morels. The tannin is assertive but not too much for me, though if you are sensitive, caution is required. The acidity of the wine is perfect for food and is just slightly too acidic to sip alone for my taste.
Bogle 2013 Phantom is the perfect “big” wine to serve with simple red meats or BBQ. This is certainly a fall or winter wine; it’s not quite supple enough to still be as tasty when served in warmer temperatures. It also needs air and a nice glass to show off its excellent character. I really like this wine, and I think a lot of care went into its crafting. This will age well, so if you like it now, grab an extra bottle or two to lay down. I give this wine 90 point score and I will buy it again. If you love big reds it’s a must try.
Have you tried Bogle 2013 Phantom? Let me know what you thought.