Sunday, December 16, 2007

PhantaSm

Saturday and Sunday I had the Bogle Vineyards 2004 Phantom, which I got for about $14 at Trader Joe's, and have been waiting to try for a while.

Saturday night, I popped and poured. I had 2 glasses side-by-side, one in the Schott Zweisel Diva Bordeaux glass, and one in the Waterford Mondavi Syrah glass. This wine is 54% PS, 43% Old Vine Zin, and 3% Old Vine Mourvedre, so I wasn't sure which glass would go best.

However, the experiment didn't really have any result worth reporting. On the first night, it didn't taste great in either glass. The nose was very awkward, both hot and acidic, with some black cherries, blueberries, and cloves. The palate wasn't that much better, with a similar flavor profile, but had nice mouthfeel with soft, chewy, tannins and the fruits had a jammy, extracted, sense to them.

On the 2nd night, the remaining half-bottle was much better integrated and more balanced. As with any PS, I highly recommend a few hours of decanting, as the overnight helped the wine come together and increase the tannins, and I can only surmise that a few more years in the bottle or a while in a decanter would help even more.

3 comments:

Erin said...

I'm jealous you get this at TJ's. My TJ's doesn't seem to ever have any PS, period; I paid $22 for 2004 Phantom at my local supermarket, and this was after I had inquired about it a month earlier and they told me they couldn't get ahold of it. I can't figure out if it's weird or nice that TJ's does not have consistent wine stock from store to store or region to region (to be fair I haven't checked the other couple of TJ's in my area; maybe I'll stop at the one near my office soon).

SteamyKitchen said...

i'm jealous. i miss my Trader Joe's!

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