Clos du Bois Chardonnay Alexander Valley Reserve 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Series wines are barrel-selected cuvees that represent a small, rigorously limited share of the winery's production of a given variety. Winemaker Erik Olsen seeks out exceptional vineyards throughout Sonoma County, then individually selects the finest barrels to produce wines that stand as testaments to the region's unique terroirs. From the cool, fog-bound environs of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, to the volcanic hillsides of Alexander Valley and the sun-baked slopes of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County's diverse soils and microclimates find their true expression in these handcrafted wines.

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Clos du Bois:
  Clos du Bois didn’t start small and build up like many other wineries - it started with a bang. When it produced its first vintage in 1974, it already had 520 acres under vine in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. When Frank Woods was coming up with the name for his winery, he thought of “Woods Winery,” obviously named after himself, but his children had somet... Read more
  Clos du Bois didn’t start small and build up like many other wineries - it started with a bang. When it produced its first vintage in 1974, it already had 520 acres under vine in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. When Frank Woods was coming up with the name for his winery, he thought of “Woods Winery,” obviously named after himself, but his children had something else in mind. They were taking French at the time, and instead of “Woods Winery,” they thought of “Clos du Bois,” which loosely translates to “enclosure in the woods.” Obviously the name stuck, and Clos du Bois was born. Since then, Clos du Bois has come a long way. From 520 acres, the winery has expanded to 925 acres of their own, along with many partnerships with other wineries. Instead of partnering with a few, large vineyards, the winery works with many small- and medium-sized growers across numerous appellations. Most of the grapes it purchases from other vineyards are from Sonoma County, but some come from Coastal California as well. Erik Olsen, their current winemaker, joined in June 2003, and has since taken those grapes and made them into very well-received wines. Read less
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Tasting Notes:

Brilliant silver, straw yellow in color, this aromatic Chardonnay explodes with scents of Mandarin citrus, ripe pear and lime, with jasmine and spice overtones. The palate is bright and juicy, with refreshing flavors of ripe pear and citrus. The wine's lush, well-integrated oak and smooth, creamy texture were achieved by aging sur lie for eight months before bottling.

Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Series wines are barrel-selected cuvees that represent a small, rigorously limited share of the winery's production of a given variety. Winemaker Erik Olsen seeks out exceptional vineyards throughout Sonoma County, then individually selects the finest barrels to produce wines that stand as testaments to the region's unique terroirs. From the cool, fog-bound environs of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, to the volcanic hillsides of Alexander Valley and the sun-baked slopes of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County's diverse soils and microclimates find their true expression in these handcrafted wines.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.28
Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter

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