Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bogle Phantom 2005

Don't be afraid of this Phantom (by Bogle), in fact you should invite it in!! The 2005 Phantom from Clarksburg, CA is a wonderful full-bodied wine made up of 55% Petite Sirah, 42% Zinfandel and 3% Mourvedre. It has a dark inky color with an aroma that changes by the hour. Initially, there were aromas of plum and cherry along with pepper. Then, a little later, I also picked up a blueberry and blackberry aroma with a hint of chocolate. The taste is very fruit forward with some spices including anise which is common to CA zins. Decant this wine for an hour before serving. We served the Phantom with a rack of American lamb that was marinated in curry, Chinese five spice, peanut satay mix, sesame oil and herbs. Would pair nicely with grilled meats, especially bbq ribs and a peppercorn crusted fillet. For our palates, we rate this 90 points. Retails for about $18.

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