Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 1999
The 1999 Marlstone is complex and elegant. The nose is inviting and aromatic with intense cocoa, roasted coffee, crème brul&eactue;e, subtle cinnamon and allspice aromas. Concentrated fruit flavors of ripe dark cherry and blueberries, with an undercurrent of olive and bay laurel, enter the palate with a rich mouthfeel and lead to a long silky finish.
Smooth, well-integrated, and delicious with about 1 hour air time, almost like a cabernet port but without the sweetness. Nose of caramel and mild spice with some oak. Round and quite supple in the mouth with hints of vegetal and tobacco. Ripe almost sweet fruit (red cherry, red berries e.g. raspberry perhaps even strawberry) with a finish of fruit and hint of vegetal. With air time the mid-palate deepened into richer fruit and a bit of spice. Balanced, medium body, medium acid, medium tannin. Boy this tasted good even though it was cellared in a closet.
great body, strong finish, nice wine