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Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County 2003

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Excellent everyday wine. Smooth and tasty.

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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 Merlot Sonoma County

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Snooth User: chaseme2
18536036
3.50 5
05/24/2009

Excellent everyday wine. Smooth and tasty.


Snooth User: dolorosa
4453029
3.00 5
02/28/2008

This was, for me, the gateway into red wines. It's smooth and incredibly easy to drink, with a nice finish and great flavor. I've since moved on and found new favorites, but the Clos du Bois is still a nice bottle to have every once in a while.


Snooth User: Jillyn
5570218
3.50 5
04/06/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

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Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/05/2010

Supple and elegant, with plum, vanilla and smoky oak, and just enough complexity and ripe tannins to keep it sailing toward a solid finish.




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