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Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County 2002

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Vintage The growing season began with a short rainstorm at budbreak followed by a two-week heat spell. This impaired bloom set and reduced overall crop size, leading to concentrated flavors in the berries at harvest time. As the summer months progressed, temperatures remained mild with cool, fog-laden nights and warm, sunny afternoons. Harvest progressed at a normal clip and the fruit quality was excellent Winemaking The wine was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel on the skins for 5 to 10 days. After malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was racked off the lees and aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 12 months. Winemaker Notes This 2002 Merlot has dense black cherry red color and aromas of raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, sweet tobacco, toasty oak. It’s rich with bright blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors and a supple mouth-feel. Slight hints of oak spice and fruit come together leading to a deliciously long finish.

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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: danceforme
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02/11/2009

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Vintage The growing season began with a short rainstorm at budbreak followed by a two-week heat spell. This impaired bloom set and reduced overall crop size, leading to concentrated flavors in the berries at harvest time. As the summer months progressed, temperatures remained mild with cool, fog-laden nights and warm, sunny afternoons. Harvest progressed at a normal clip and the fruit quality was excellent Winemaking The wine was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel on the skins for 5 to 10 days. After malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was racked off the lees and aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 12 months. Winemaker Notes This 2002 Merlot has dense black cherry red color and aromas of raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, sweet tobacco, toasty oak. It’s rich with bright blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors and a supple mouth-feel. Slight hints of oak spice and fruit come together leading to a deliciously long finish.

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