AG Pick Under $10: Bogle Merlot

Finding a great bottle of wine doesn’t mean spending a fortune. You can find some great wines for less than $20, even less than $10.

My recommendation for a tasty wine at a great value is the Bogle Vineyards Merlot. The California wine retails for around $9. I most recently purchased it at Publix on sale for $7 and change.

I first tried Bogle’s Merlot as a new college graduate. I was working at my first job as a producer at a small market TV station and couldn’t afford to spend a lot on wine. In my search for good value wines I came across Bogle, which soon became my go to label for good wine at a great price.

Bogle’s Merlot has flavors of ripe red cherries and plum with hints of earth and tobacco. It’s aged in 100% American Oak for one year, which gives it a nice spiciness. It has a silky texture with firm tannins that give it the mouthfeel of a more expensive wine.

It’s smooth enough to drink with pasta and fish dishes and has the texture and taste to stand up to heartier meat dishes.

Bogle makes a variety of white and red wines that range between $8 and $18. Besides the Merlot, I recommend the Old Vine Zinfandel and Petit Sirah.

To see more of my picks for good value wines check out the tag cloud to the right and select your price point — under $20, under $15 or under $10. This is a new section that I’ll be updating often.