After doing a few errands and running around a bit, good friend and neighbor M.C. and I convened in the Garage Bar at CorkEnvy to sample the Day 9 selection. I chose this bottle since it is a favorite of M.C. (insert comments here, C-Squared and The Rib).
2008 Bogle Vineyards Phantom, California
I popped and poured this Zinfandel (51%), Petite Sirah (47%), and Mouvedre (2%) blend.
On the nose, I got a little cherry, some grape (odd in a wine, right?), blackberry, woodsmoke and vanilla.
The palate brought the blackberry big time. Cherry notes came through, as well, along with a touch of brambliness early on. The mid-long finish was a touch oaky with a hint of black cherry. Tannins were present, but not overpowering, and the acid structure held this wine together fairly well. As the Phantom sat for a bit, I really got a lot of blackberry/cherry jam. At the two-hour mark, the blackberry was accompanied by a bit of raisin, but maintained a nice cherry oak on the finish.
Overall, the Phantom is a decent bottle. Several neighbors stopped by to sample the Phantom, and every one of them seemed to like something about it. This is a nice, easy drinker that will please a variety of wine drinkers of varying tastes and experiences. I paired it with a fire and the company of great neighbors at the Garage Bar at CorkEnvy.
It isn’t the best wine ever, but it certainly does the trick and can be paired with a variety of dishes or occasions. For around $15, The Phantom is a safe choice. I’d be more than comfortable keeping a bottle on hand for company or for an evening when I wanted a wine that I enjoyed but didn’t have to spend too much time dissecting while watching the “magic box.”
Cheers from the Corkpit,