Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2004
Rather vegetal nose of green peppers. Better in the mouth with good acidity. Black fruits dominate, but there's still some green peppers.
Opened well with good minerality, nice chocolate. Minerality continues in the mouth, very complex with dark fruits. Long menthol finish with more minerality. Nice. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience
Very bland, not distinctive or engaging.
Clos du Bois is my safety man, for the occasions where I rush to the local grocer's (any grocer) and have a whole 10 seconds to grab a bottle for a small casual dinner I found myself hosting...that began 20 minutes ago...and I need a white. Yes, Clos du Bois is usually my fall-back safeway/7-11/local petrol station chardonnay provider. Mostly I've found that they'll carry that clos du bois chardonnay just about everywhere. I must have tasted it on some occasion but what can I say, it remains unmemorable. Which brings me to my point, after all of the previous unsightly comments, I do not think horribly of clos du bois. Thus, when I found a bottle of its '04 cab in the pantry (quite mysterious that was) I had to give it a try. Surprising, it is not terrible. Californian Cabs have never been an area I'm very comfortable with, mostly because there is far far too much of a range within it. Thus, I lean heavily toward my usual Pinots and Syrah. With that said, this particular one, especially given its price category happens to hold its own surprisingly well. Firstly, it has a very decent, deep red hue and a hint of texture on appearance alone that sets you up for the expectation that this will not be yet another one of the far-too-en"light"ened cabernets that have come out California. On taste it relies significantly more on spices and tannins than the rich, luxurious fruitiness I tend to prefer...again, this is all as is characteristic of Californian cab. However, (this being surprising from a source like Clos du Bois and within this price range of course) it is surprisingly "decently" balanced. By this I mean firstly that there was not an offensive overemphasis on the oakiness, and most importantly very well rounded on incorporating the tannins. I would not go so far as to put it off as a harmonious creation but it is surprising to have a cabernet in such a category come off as quite unobjectionable while simultaneously not without depth. With that said, it is not at all pleasant enough to attempt a memorable aftertaste, and yet, ah it is there. The lingering taste itself is not so pleasant as the depth given by the already somewhat overshadowed fruit gives way to just the spicy...ripeness sensation. Perhaps I went into this expecting the caliber of a Clos du Bois to be somewhat similar to that of the Gallo brothers. (Low-balling to an extreme here I understand quite well.) Thus, I was reasonably surprised by the inoffensiveness of it all. With that said, this doesn't make it past the "do I want a second glass" test. Though this would be a safe choice for that last minute addition to an afternoon grill session, there are a number of superior Californian cabs around this price range I assure you. Opt for an '06 Marquis Phillips...oh wait, that's not Californian. What do you know, my biases hold as always.
External Reviews for Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
After two years in French oak, the tannins are soft, but the acids still evident. Has pretty aromas and flavors of vanilla, tobacco, smoke, and cassis, just seems a bit hard-edged on the finish. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8.5% Malbec, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
A smooth, balanced wine with intense, concentrated fruit and aromas of cherry, cedar, tobacco and black olives. Its intense flavors complement rich dishes such as chateaubriand with bearnaise sauce, grilled lamb chops with garlic and rosemary, prime rib of beef or filet mignon.
Supple and harmonious, with smooth-textured currant, cedar, vanilla and sage notes that flow easily on the palate, holding the fruit complexity and finishing with ripe, integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2009.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, this wine is intense and concentrated. Flavors of currant and wild berries are balanced with firm tannins and good acidity. A unique and delicious blend of flavors.
A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. It has the same elegance as the 1996, but additional substance, a more layered texture as well as excellent cherry and currant fruit, with an exuberant, medium to full-bodied palate. It should drink well for 10-12 years.
Wine Tasting NotesThe Marlstone has a deep Bing cherry color and aromas of ripe red fruit, plums, blackberries, mocha, nutmeg and chocolate. Its an opulent red, velvety in the mouth, with dense plum, blackberry, blueberry, mineral and spice flavors finishing with superlative balance and hints of cedar and vanilla.
Intense and concentrated, with a vibrant medley of dark fruits built around currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit that offers a unique flavor profile. Excellent acidity and firm, vibrant tannins on the finish. Still, the flavors are persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2012.
Food Pairings for Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
The 2004 Briarcrest casts a deep, black, ruby color and has aromas of cassis, blackberry liqueur, and licorice with hints of lavender, cedar and coriander. It is powerful and supple with concentrated, fleshy mid-palate of blackberry fruit, tobacco and graphite flavors finishing with notes of dark chocolate and espresso.
Notes: 24 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 86% new
|Total Acidity: 5.74 grams per liter|
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