In a nutshell: A honeyed and fruity Californian take on Chenin Blanc.
The lowdown: You don't see much Chenin Blanc in California, but the Clarksburg area south of Sacramento where Bogle are based produces some outstanding examples. This is 100% stainless steel fermented which retains the maximum freshness and crispness to balance the honeyed, ripe, stone fruit flavours. The aromas of pineapple, spice and apples lead onto a soft palate with ripe fruits and hints of ginger. A very welcoming wine with a lovely ripe finish.
When to drink: An ideal aperitif and also good with Asian and mildy spicy dishes.
A real family enterprise in every sense of the word. It was Captain AJ Bogle, an American Civil War veteran who first arrived in Califonia in the 1870s, that started things off. He became a fruit farmer in the California Delta and passed his business down through the generations. However they lost the business during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It wasn't until after the war that father and son Warren and Chris Bogle (the 4th and 5th generations) acquired land and planted their first vineyards in Clarksburg, California in 1965 since when they've grown steadily over the years from less than 10 hectares to the point where they now have more than 600 hectares of vines across the region.
The estate is now overseen by Chris Bogle's sons Warren Junior and Ryan and daughter Jody. Warren looks after viticulture and Eric Aafedt, who has been with Bogle since 1994 is the head winemaker. All their vineyards are sustainably farmed and their wines enjoy an enviable reputation both in their home market and overseas.