Clos du Bois Chardonnay North Coast 2012

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As fragrant as a stroll through a summertime farmers' market, our bright and juicy Chardonnay beckons with aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, peach and sweet lemon drop.

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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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Snooth User: pboss
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2.50 5
03/02/2014

A pretty standard Chardonnay. Not bad but not great. Lots of butter here but not as much oak as I would like, making it less balanced. Some lemon seed tartness and decent heat from the alcohol. An easy drinker for weekdays on the back porch.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
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2.50 5
01/29/2014

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Bois Chardonnay North Coast

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Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
11/20/2013

This wine has right off the bat intense aromas of apple, ripe pear and sweet lemon drop. These aromas are complemented by toasty oak, spice, and butter notes, and the palate is bright and juicy, with rich, ripe, apple and pear flavors. With a silky smooth and creamy texture, this wines has a long and fresh aftertaste.


External Review
12/17/2013

This Classic Sonoma County Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruity flavors of pear, crisp green apple, vanilla and toasty caramel.


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Source: We Speak Wine
09/11/2014

WINEMAKER NOTESThis wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.GRAPE SOURCE:Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout California's North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California.VINTAGE:The 2012 growing season saw moderate temperatures with few heat spikes, and better than average sunlight exposure. Weather conditions during bloom promoted a strong set, yielding a larger than average crop. Given the large crop and moderate temperatures, it took a long time for the crop to ripen, which re...


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Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

WINEMAKER NOTESThis wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.GRAPE SOURCE:Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout Californias North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California.VINTAGE:The 2012 growing season saw moderate temperatures with few heat spikes, and better than average sunlight exposure. Weather conditions during bloom promoted a strong set, yielding a larger than average crop. Given the large crop and moderate temperatures, it took a long time for the crop to ripen, which resulted in flavor development racing ahead of sugars, which is ideal for flavorful, well-balanced wines. The moderate conditions prevailed for the majority of harvest until some late season rain forced us to pick our remaining Cabernet Sauvignon on later ripening sites. The wines from the 2012 vintage show excellent color extraction, intense varietal aromatics, and good concentration. By all accounts it was a very strong vintage for wine quality.WINEMAKING:Fruit was harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve Chardonnays pure fruit flavors. After settling, the must was partially barrel fermented (65%) in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wines acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling.FOOD PAIRINGSThis crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement the likes of fish prepared in lemon butter, pasta in cream sauce, and chicken dishes. - WineryAGING: 30% French, 2% AmericanACID/pH: 5.9g/L / 3.20RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.8g/LALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

WINEMAKER NOTES This wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste. GRAPE SOURCE: Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout California’s North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California. VINTAGE: The 2012 growing season saw moderate temperatures with few heat spikes, and better than average sunlight exposure. Weather conditions during bloom promoted a strong set, yielding a larger than average crop. Given the large crop and moderate temperatures, it took a long time for the crop to ripen, which resulted in flavor development racing ahead of sugars, which is ideal for flavorful, well-balanced wines. The moderate conditions prevailed for the majority of harvest until some late season rain forced us to pick our remaining Cabernet Sauvignon on later ripening sites. The wines from the 2012 vintage show excellent color extraction, intense varietal aromatics, and good concentration. By all accounts it was a very strong vintage for wine quality. WINEMAKING: Fruit was harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve Chardonnay’s pure fruit flavors. After settling, the must was partially barrel fermented (65%) in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wine’s acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling. FOOD PAIRINGS This crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement the likes of fish prepared in lemon butter, pasta in cream sauce, and chicken dishes. - Winery AGING: 30% French, 2% American ACID/pH: 5.9g/L / 3.20 RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.8g/L ALCOHOL: 13.5%



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