Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

From The Epic Cellar: Bogle "Essential Red" and "Phantom"

I am on a roll lately with wonderful, reasonably priced wines.  This "Essential" is a blend of Old Vines Zin, Cabernet, Syrah, and Petite Syrah which seems at first glance to be a "left overs" sort of wine.  Not true.  The Bogle web site describes it as "Rich, Ripe, Luscious, Fruity" and that is exactly what this wine is.  It is surprisingly complex for the price and has a lovely nose, dark ruby color and fine flavor.  TWELVE DOLLARS!!!  My advice is to buy a case now before you can't find it any longer.

Completely enthused by Essential red, I also bought a bottle of Bogle "Phantom" for $19.00.  It is also a blend founded upon Old Vines Zin and Syrah but it substitutes Mourvedre for the Cabernet found in Essential.  I liked it when I first poured it, and then I got distracted cooking something and about 20 minutes later it was REALLY good.  More peppery/spicy and maybe cedary [if that is a valid wine term] than Essential, I loved this bottle also.  The Bogle web site says it has flavors of Boysenberry and although I couldn't have determined this on my own, I agree whole heartedly. 

My first two Bogle purchases have made me a great fan of this vineyard.  I am confident you will be as well.


Unknown said...

I agree on both counts. Bogle seems to have a knack for blends.

Unknown said...

I agree Bogle makes some fine blends.

jim said...

I love the Phantom as it is full bodied but smooth as can be. I call the essential red the baby Phantom. I get the essential red when I can't find the Phantom (which is only released once a year) or just when I want to pop open a bottle during the week I will reach for the essential red. Great value for the essential red. You need to get both for your wine collection.


M.Lane said...

Jim, thanks for the comment! I agree completely and I have both in my wine racks now...