Bogle is one of those brands that you just can’t go wrong with. Everything they do is solid, and they’re always reasonably priced, a tradition “Essential Red” continues. I often describe Essential as “Phantom” wine’s little brother, and if you’re a fan of Phantom that should be about all you need to know. For the rest of you, Essential is a medium-weight and slightly fruity red blend.
It has several grape varieties, only one of which (the zinfandel) is an old vine designation. The blend leaves Essential with just a little bit of an earthy bite and enough tannin for structure, but still has plenty of fruit flavors and softness to make this a fantastic wine for just drinking or to pair with food. Everything about this wine has been designed to be all purpose and to appeal to as wide of a group of people as possible.
If you need a good wine at a good price for any reason, you just can’t go wrong here.