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The 2004 Briarcrest casts a deep, black, ruby color and has aromas of cassis, blackberry liqueur, and licorice with h...Read more...
Rather vegetal nose of green peppers. Better in the mouth with good acidity. Black fruits dominate, but there's still some green peppers. Read more
Opened well with good minerality, nice chocolate. Minerality continues in the mouth, very complex with dark fruits. Long menthol finish with more m... Read more
Very bland, not distinctive or engaging. Read more
Food Pairings for Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
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
Wine Tasting NotesThe Briarcrest casts a deep black ruby color and has scents of cassis, spicy oak, vanilla, and ripe black fruit. It has an intensely rich texture with a concentrated, fleshy mid palate of cassis, blackberry and spice. The fruit lingers elegantly to a soft, supple finish.
A richly textured, smooth wine, Briarcrest offers thick blackberry, dark cherry and cassis flavors, harmonized with toasty oak, cedar, tobacco and chocolate aromas. Briarcrest is intense, big and fruity in its youth and can be bottle-aged up to 15 years, developing added smoothness and rich complexity.
Clos Du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Briarcrest and all other wine from Clos Du Bois are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
The winery's Meritage-style Bordeaux blend. Very dark color. Powerful aromas of currant or kirsch, French oak, smoke; complex and fine. What a fine wine. It's tightly knit and elegant, with pinpointed fruit and just the right amount of toasty oak. Lush, soft tannins. Really shows its pedigree.
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.
Elegant and complex, with ripe, supple plum, currant, herb and berry, framed by soft tannins and herbal notes. Best from 2001 through 2007.
Smells exotic and complex, with a broad range of dried cherry, currant, plum, anise, cedar and earth, holding its focus and finishing with a long, complex aftertaste. best from 2000 through 2007.
"Label: A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with black cherry and plum nuances and a smooth finish. Pairs well with barbecued steak, beef roast or fajitas. "
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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