Bogle Chardonnay 2011- Value, Quality and a Great Picnic Spot Near Sacramento

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed our last bottles of Bogle Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay. I do see it still available online in some areas. The 2010 is worth searching for if you are looking for value Chardonnay that generally exceeds its price. We have opened our first bottle of 2011 and there is a difference between the two wines – the value and quality is still there, but then Bogle has a history of well-made, well-priced wine in all categories. The photo of the 2010 below is from late-summer or early-fall 2012.

Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay 2010

Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay 2010

The 2010 Bogle Chardonnay is pale straw in color as you can see in the photo, had/has a fragrant nose of ripe pineapple and coconut. On the palate, medium-bodied, fresh lemon rind, buttery peaches (remember how Mom sauteed fresh peaches in a skillet (cast iron if you were lucky) in butter and slightly carmelized? Remembrances of those peaches in the 2010 Bogle Chard. A tad of toasty oak, finishing with a surprising crispness after the warm rich fruit – and all for about $10.

The 2011 is a tad leaner than the 2010 in my opinion, due to the green apple dominance, balanced with light and slight oak in the nose (although I’m not tasting them side-by-side). On the palate, green apple maintains with creamy pear and lush ripe pineapple and a lovely silky mouthfeel. The finish is satisfying with citrus, vanilla creme and a hint of ginger spice.

Bogle Vineyards

Bogle Vineyards

From the winery: 13.5% Alcohol, 50% new American Oak and sur-lie aging. Nine months in new American oak.

Bogle Chardonnay is a California appellation, with fruit sourced from Clarksburg AVA and Monterey AVA vineyards. The winery is located in Clarksburg.

If you are not familiar with the Clarksburg AVA which includes portions of Sacramento County, Yolo County and Solano County, here are some snippets from the Clarksburg Wine Growers and Vintners Association:

“Today the CWGVA is made up of 28 grower members and 12 winery members.  It’s committed to growing awareness, improving quality, and fostering sustainable growth for the Clarksburg Appellation….

There are over 7,000 acres of wine grapes grown by our grower members. We grow over 35 varieties, the most popular being Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Sauvignon Blanc…

Located on the Sacramento River, the Clarksburg AVA is profoundly defined by the maritime influence of the Sacramento Delta, and has been statistically identified as comparable to the best wine grape regions in California (Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles) in terms of degree days and day to evening temperatures.

Cool evenings and warm days with limited summer fog allow Clarksburg to grow a diverse portfolio of premium grapes and wine. We’re known for a range of both red and white varietals that grow very well.  Because there is significantly less probability of spring frost, we’re ensured relatively consistent crop loads.  Less rainfall during critical growing stages ensures consistent quality, and less spring rainfall depletes ground water faster, stressing vines sooner to create more flavor.”

If you’re are in the Sacramento, California area this Spring or Summer or Fall, Bogle is a beautiful place to visit away from the hustle and bustle and long lines of traffic in Napa and some areas of Sonoma. Lovely grounds – picnic worthy with vineyards and a mountain range in sight, however, refurbishing of the grounds is underway and some of the areas are closed until Monday April 22, 2013 – not far away. Plan accordingly.  There may be a small tasting fee. Visit the winery for details here. Several of Bogle’s red wines are staples at my house and I’ll be profiling them soon.

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2 comments for “Bogle Chardonnay 2011- Value, Quality and a Great Picnic Spot Near Sacramento

  1. Beth Rosenthal
    April 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Living 20 minutes from Bogle, we go there several times a year. Last month we took visitors and tasted the 2011′s and we noticed a big difference from prior vintages. Leaner, sharper, and just generally not as good. I think this is the first vintage since the matriarch of the family died. If this is the way the wines are going, I think they’re going to be in for a surprise vis-a vis sales. It’s not a good direction for them.

    • April 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Beth, I did notice the difference in the Chardonnay. You’re saying that the whole panel or several in the line are not up to what you are accustomed to? If that’s the case, I’m hoping the family gets it together. They’ve had a huge loss.

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