Spring brings the start of another season in the vines: new growth, new life, and a new vintage is born! Our sustainability efforts don’t just start at budbreak…they happen all year round. From our work in the vineyards to our conservation in the winery, our family continues to try to reduce our impact on the environment around us. Doing so will ensure that we can farm here for another six generations!
Warren, Jody, and Ryan Bogle
For generations, our family has lived in the Sacramento Delta. Growing up here, spending time out in the fields and along the river, we saw many different types of birds who also called the area home. As kids, we had no idea just how many species thrive here and continue to do so today.
Clarksburg lies nestled against the Sacramento River, and our Home Ranch is on Merritt Island, embraced by Elk Slough along our west side. Being surrounded by all these waterways creates a natural rest stop for birds such as Canadian geese and a permanent home for others like the Swainson’s Hawk, snowy egrets, blue herons, turkey vultures, wild turkeys, quail, and the ever elusive ring-neck pheasant, who proudly stands sentinel on many of our wine labels.
Our family encourages bird habitat in the vineyards by erecting owl boxes along the levees. In addition, eighty acres within sight of the winery have also been set aside as habitat for the Swainson’s Hawk, which is listed as a threatened species.
Some of the smallest birds are the most fun to watch. Hummingbirds and doves often rest on the grapevine trellis wires and nest within the canopy. Finding a nest tucked among the vines is rare, but camouflaging their eggs next to our grape clusters is a pretty smart trick to avoid predators!
Next time you visit our tasting room in Clarksburg, keep your eyes peeled for many of these beautiful creatures.
Spring has arrived, and with it vibrantly colored flowers, lush green grasses and bright blue skies. But our favorite color of spring happens to be pink…ROSÉ!
Everyone at Bogle is excited about our Rosé release, including winemaker Dana Stemmler.
“Rosé has become a trend over the last few years because it is different from your tradition reds and whites,” says Dana. “What makes it so popular this time of year as the weather warms up, is that it’s lighter than your average wine, yet it is bright, crisp, easy-going, and it can still stand up to food.”
But with a Rosé nearly every color of the rainbow, is there a difference? “The colors of Rosé vary by the grape it is made from and the length of time the juice is left in contact with the skin,” Dana explains. “We have really been trying to perfect ‘our pink’ with maceration time, or lack thereof, and choosing varieties that give hues of purplish pink.”
For the 2018 vintage, Dana selected Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel grapes to use in the wine. The juice was bled off the fermentation tank “saignée-style” just a few hours after being crushed, then fermented cold in its own stainless steel tank. The resulting wine is refreshing, lively and delicious.
“Rosé’s flirty colors of pink, purple and orange have definitely helped launch it into a lifestyle wine,” says Dana. “The color makes it festive and fun. It’s easily recognizable in someone’s glass, whether it be at a party or in a photo on social media.”
Our 2018 Rosé will be available at our tasting room in Clarksburg and, for the first time ever, at select retailers across the country. If you find a glass in your hand this season, share with us @boglevineyards on social media using #boglerose!
Bogle is honored to have received stellar scores for our Phantom Red and Phantom Chardonnay from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Phantom Red earned 90 points and Editor’s Choice, while the Chardonnay earned a 91 point score. As our “reserve selection” of wines, these hand-crafted vintages are the best wines we produce…and we are delighted to have been recognized by such a leader in the industry.
“Each lot of grapes that goes into our Phantom program is hand selected from the multiple vineyards we have,” says Director of Winemaking Eric Aafedt. “We are looking for the grapes that have exceptional quality, character and stand above the others. In this way, we are crafting a “reserve” tier of wines.”
Not only have the winemakers selected the best grapes for these wines, but they are also aging them in oak barrels for extended periods of time. “The Phantom Red gets an extra year in 1- and 2-year-old American & French oak,” says Eric. “This time in the barrel creates a deeper concentration, a subtler touch of tannin and a richer mouthfeel for the wine.”
The Phantom Chardonnay benefits in the same way, claims Eric. “Fermenting and aging in French oak barrels, with hand stirring of the lees every two weeks, really gives the Chardonnay a remarkably creamy and toasty texture.”
Phantom also has a unique and personal story to its name…”Bogle” is the Scottish word for “ghost.” Legends tell of a Phantom that stalked the hillsides of Scotland, only to travel to the New World and settle with the Bogle’s here in California. Today, sightings continue to occur at the family’s winery. Click here to uncover the mystery.
Both Phantom Chardonnay and Phantom Red can be elusive to find. Discover the Phantom, before it disappears again!