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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 21:33

January 6, 2017 Wine Pick of the Week

Bogle Essential Red 2014 Picmonkey

2014 Essential Red


Bogle Vineyards


Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $ 10

Friday, 11 October 2013 01:08

October 11, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week



shark red-sm Picmonkey

2001 Shark Red


Producer: Greg Norman Estates

Appellation: Paso Robles

Alcohol: 13.9%

Suggested Retail: $15


“For readers who haven't followed golf in recent years, we can tell you that Greg Norman has been one of the most prominent exponents of that international game. Reputed to be an extremely successful businessman, his Greg Norman Estates wine operation is a by-product of that success. The company produces wine from his native Australia, as well as Argentina and the United States. The fair-haired Aussie has been dubbed “The Great White Shark” and his PR arm says that he's an ardent diver who has indeed swum among Great Whites.

“Fruit for the 2011 vintage of Shark Red comes from Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. The composition is nearly half Syrah, the grape known as Shiraz in Norman's native Australia (48%), with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah (25%), Mouvèdre (11%), Grenache (9%), Merlot (5%) and Malbec (2%). Paso Robles is a great growing region for these grape varieties, most of which are native to the Rhône in France.

“Shark Red is an agreeable California red wine. The nose is beguiling—there is the aroma of white pepper, dried flower petals and maybe some raspberries. The promise of this olfactory sophistication isn't fully realized in the taste of the wine, but the rest of it isn't bad. There are very decent flavors of blueberry and blackberry fruit, but their application is either minimized—or maximized, depending on your taste--by the relatively sweetish finish. It's actually borderline lush on the palate and is a good bottle of wine at the suggested retail price of $15.”

Food Affinity: “With access to the ingredients ingredients and time to cook, we'd try this with moist, oven-roasted rabbit prepared with onions, morels and a few green olives. A simpler alternative would be the meal we enjoyed after tasting this wine--broiled lean ground sirloin, accompanied by fresh red and golden beets.”

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