Wine for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect excuse to have a big, crazy party with lots of booze. Don’t be boring with your booze. Don’t just drink a rum and coke or something. Instead, drink a spooky wine…

2007 Bogle Phantom

The Phantom is a scary mixture of three grapes:  Petite Sirah, old vine Zinfandel and old vine Mourvèdre. The grapes come from three areas in California – Clarksburg, Lodi and Amador. This ghost is not one that’s going to fly away – the wine is heavy, rich and dense. A big, juicy, jammy statement of a wine that makes its presence known. The leading grape, Petite Sirah, has a confusing name – most people think that it is a lighter, more petite version of Syrah. But that is the opposite of the truth. The only thing petite about Petite Sirah is the size of the grape berries on the vine. The resulting wine is big, bold, and structured with high tannins and acidity. It’s a giant among grapes. The Frankenstein to regular Syrah. The two remaining grapes in this blend, Zinfandel and Mourvèdre soften the wine and add complexity. The Phantom is partially made in American oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

This wine is definitely fruit forward with dark ripe fruit: plums, blackberries, blueberries. It’s jammy and chewy. There are all sorts of wonderful spices going on – baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg alongside some black pepper. The American oak gives the wine scrumptious cocoa and vanilla flavors. It’s very smooth on your tongue, like soft velvet.  My prediction is that this Phantom will vanish quickly off the table! So put on your French Maid outfit and put a glass into the hands of your adult trick-or-treaters.