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Wine of the week: Bogle Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Bogle Sauvignon BlancThe Wine Curmudgeon has finally found something wrong with the Bogle sauvignon blanc ($10, purchased, 13.5%). It doesn’t have a screwcap, and it comes in an old-fashioned, heavy bottle. Otherwise, it’s pretty much what a great $10 wine should be:

 • More quality than its $10 price. Classic California sauvignon blanc — grassiness, crisp, and with an almost tropical finish.

• Widely available. My biggest frustration, when I find great cheap wine, is that it’s not for sale in enough places so I can write about it. That’s rarely the case with Bogle, which makes more than 1 million cases annually. It’s in grocery stores (I bought this at Whole Foods, believe it or not), independents, and chain retailers.

• It doesn’t try to be something that it isn’t. This is a problem with wine regardless of price, in which consumers think they’re buying one thing and often get something else, fooled by back label nonsense or a too-cute front label. It’s telling that the three comments I found on CellarTracker (the blog’s unofficial wine inventory web app) for this vintage all said the same thing, even though each comment had a different score with it. Which, again, tells us what we need to know about scores.

Serve this chilled, with or without food, and know that wherever you are in the U.S., you’ll be able to buy a bottle of wine that won’t make you wish you had bought something else.

  • Brian B

    Bogle. The #1 “go To” wine. Can always count on it, and as you said, pretty much available anywhere.

  • http://winecurmudgeon.com Wine Curmudgeon

    Maybe we can work on them for a screwcap?

  • Gary Milman

    Cant’t say I agree with you on this one. I’ve bought Bogle wines in the past on friends’ recommendations that it’s good and very inexpensive. I found them undrinkable and ended up using them for cooking purposes only.

    • http://winecurmudgeon.com Wine Curmudgeon

      That’s what makes wine so much fun, that what one person likes is the same thing that another person doesn’t. And don’t cook with it. Throw it out. If you don’t like it, why would you want it in your food?

  • Ray Dietz

    I’ve only tasted one wine out of perhaps a half dozen from Bogle over the past year that I found to be under-whelming. Also, everyone that I’ve poured Bogle wines for have been quite impressed, especially with the price/quality ratio. The 2011 Sauv. Blanc was excellent. Can’t wait to try the 2012!

  • tom yost

    On your advice, I picked up several bottles from our local central Ohio Giant Eagle grocery store and it IS excellent. The price here is $8.99 ea. There are some Bogle reds I haven’t cared for but this is outstanding for the price.
    Thanks!

    • http://winecurmudgeon.com Wine Curmudgeon

      Glad to help. That is an excellent price.

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