Patty & Chris Bogle were married in 1973, and took on caring for some small vineyards that Chris and his father had planted, mainly selling the fruit to larger wineries.In 1979 they founded their family-named winery, with the intention of making a small amount of wine commercially under the Bogle banner.Their goal was to produce about 4,000 cases of wine a year, a modest, small-scale aspiration. Fast-forward thirty five years; Bogle is now producing over one million cases a year, and are estimated to be the 14thlargest winery in the country!
“It was intended to be a small thing, an interesting project,” the late Patty Bogle said in 2009 about the winery’s beginnings. “We just grew as demand grew.”
Still family owned and operated by Chris and Patty’s children, Bogle has carved out a niche with customers, releasing clean, bright, fruit-forward wines that remain very reasonably priced. Wines with integrity, that display true voluptuous California character, are still family-owned, and by no means going to break the bank are more and more a rarity these days, and Bogle shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, two of Bogle’s wines just received incredible scores from the Wine Enthusiast!
The relatively new Bogle Essential red blend was rewarded a stunning 91 Point review, and their 2012 Pinot Noir received stellar 90 Points! You’d be hard pressed to find another California Pinot Noir for under $10 with a 90 Point rating!
Bogle is by no means an under-the-radar, cult winery, but it seems that both consumers and the wine press are starting to realize just how ridiculously good these wines are for the money. Check them out below for more information on each wine.