Bogle’s ‘Phantom’ bottling is released annually and is quickly snapped up by collectors who regard the wine with cultish reverence. At first whiff, it’s easy to see why – there’s tremendous depth, with aromas of baked plum, black pepper, seared meat and dark mahogany. Alas, the flavor of the wine itself might be described as “underperforming,” at least if compared to its exceedingly inviting nose. Muted black fruit, crushed berries and a touch of peppery menthol provide a relatively classic New World profile.
MSRP: $19.99 (April 2012)
Wine Lines Rating: 86-87