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Clos du Bois Fumé Blanc Russian River Valley Sonoma Reserve 2009

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Always reliable, this Sonoma Cab has gentle red fruit with a shade of oak. Very subtle and easy to like.

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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

Member Reviews for Clos du Bois Fumé Blanc Russian River Valley Sonoma Reserve

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Snooth User: jasond7
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/18/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Ghostrider71
141625339
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/15/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Richard8655
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/09/2010

Fruity and complex with elements of black currant. Fantastic long finish. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.


Snooth User: jamessulis
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/19/2012

Nice wine, deep fruit nose with a subtle oak and fruit flavor. It ends fruity with soft tannins and a cigaratte ash. I would purchase this one as a regular with red meat


Snooth User: FenrisWolf
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/14/2009

it could have been that I had been driving all day but it tasted like a nice little heaven in a bottle! fruity and playful with a spicy finish!


Snooth User: jandlfavs
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/24/2011

Needs more time


Snooth User: carolyn2715
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/01/2010

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Clos du Bois Fumé Blanc Russian River Valley Sonoma Reserve

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Vintage: 2007 12/04/2010

Always reliable, this Sonoma Cab has gentle red fruit with a shade of oak. Very subtle and easy to like.


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Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

A classic style of Alexander Valley cabernet, this has tobacco scents over warm prune- plum fruit. It finishes clean with a touch of cool mint. A fine steakhouse red.


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Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

The wine exhibits deep, berry flavors. It has a peppery character and a subtle overlay of oak. Very nice with a good cut of beef.


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Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

A classically styled California Cab with plenty of blackberry fruit and vanillin. A subtle oakiness gives the wine a well-rounded backbone that would match perfectly with steak.


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Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

Deep and inky in color, this wine offers aromas of cassis, plum and tobacco. Concentrated flavors of blackberry and nutmeg take over your palate, and a hint of sweet oak leads the way to a luscious aftertaste.


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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

This offering from Sonomarsquo;s Clos du Bois has a nice touch of Cabernet Franc (9%) for nuance and elegance, but the name of the game here is bold, dark fruit intensity. This wine was night-harvested and pressed at cool outdoor temperatures, helping to maintain a nice acidic balance to all that fruit (a hallmark of the Sonoma style). The result is a classic Cab, beautifully poised between an explosive California style, and a more European restraint, with enough oak to round out the flavors.


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Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Nice, simple Cabernet, with proper varietal flavors and a dusting of oak. Dry, balanced and supple in the mouth, without much depth or complexity.


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Tasting Notes:

Pretty, assertive aromas are a signature of Sauvignon Blanc, and this wine has them in spades. Refreshing primary aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and honeysuckle are backed by charming notes of mineral, creme brulee and toast. Crisp, palate-cleansing acidity and juicy fruit flavors mark the palate, where nuances of citrus and pear mingle with hints of nuts and toast before a round, smoky finish.

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Alcohol: 13.5%

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