Bogle Merlot Wine Review

Bogle Merlot comes from Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, California.  In this review we’ll cover price, alcohol content, aroma, taste and more of this California Merlot.

For this review, I tasted the 2012 vintage of the Bogle Merlot.

According to the winemaker’s notes, the 2012 Merlot had a great growing season in California.  Most notable was a long and cool summer.

Fruit for the wine was sourced from the Lodi, Clarksburg and Monterey vineyards.

Aging occurred for twelve months in American oak barrels and the wine was released in February of 2014.

If you’re a fan of the Bogle brand, I’ve also reviewed Bogle Phantom (their red blend) and Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel.

Bogle Merlot Review

Bogle MerlotIn the glass, Bogle Merlot is dark garnet in color.  Some light does penetrate this wine and many red reflections shine through.

Legs formed immediately upon swirling.  They were numerous, varying in size and fell slowly down the sides of the glass.

This is a very aromatic wine.  The aroma is noticeable from far away and I picked up earth, tobacco and ripe black cherry.  I also noticed the aroma never faded and there was little to no whiff of alcohol.

Bogle Merlot alcohol content 13.5%, per the bottle.

The wine’s taste was very enjoyable.  Noted were flavors of bold dark cherry and other rich dark fruits.  There was also a hint of vanilla toast.  It’s a heavy Merlot, but not overly sweet.  It’s also quite smooth drinking.

Tannins were very evident and nicely structured.  They could be felt all over the palate.

The wine’s finish was quite long.  Although the tannins were very present, they did not overwhelm the long finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed Bogle Merlot.  I found it to be a chunky Merlot.  All elements of the wine balanced each other well and played nicely together.

I think this wine is a great sipper on its own.  I also think the tannins in this wine would cut through a heavy sauce or juicy steak.

Bogle Merlot price $9.99.  Recommend!


  1. Suddenly we cannot find ANY Merlot! We normally buy at Costco, they’ve been out for months! Other stores the same! HELP it’s the only wine worth drinking and we’re (as in all 10 of us), are parched!! What has happened do you no longer distribute to Alabama!!?

  2. I agree with all aspects of your review. This is a very robust, trustworthy go-to whether sipping alone, pairing with good cheese, or enjoying with a well prepared steak. You can spend a whole lot more on a glass of merlot, but this delivers in many of the same ways than it’s more costly colleagues. At the price point for this offering, you can have plenty in stock for yourself or to share. Great job, Bogle!

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