External Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County
Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. In aroma, this wine matches or even exceeds its mate above, but wines cannot live by nose alone, and it is in the mouth that both the fruit and richness come up short. What starts as a nice bit of frontal red cherry character turns dry and curt by mid-palate, and Merlot's attractive side is lost to the blunting tannins and pushy acidity that show up in many 2006s.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. In aroma
A blend of Merlot (93%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7%) from growers in the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek and Knight's Valley appellations. The resulting wine displays a soft, ripe fruit character that is balanced nicely by the toasty vanilla oak flavors imparted from the barrels. The fruit-forward flavors of this Merlot complement a wide variety of foods.
Ripe, supple, elegant and balanced, with spicy oak and smooth currant and cherry notes. Easy-drinking, plenty of depth and flavor, fruity finish. Drink now through 1997.
The fruit for this Merlot comes from vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Extended maceration enhances color, flavor and mouthfeel, and aging for 18 months in 60-gallon oak barrels adds softness and a subtle vanillin component. Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and complexity, and enlivens the subtle texture and plum-like fruitiness which are the hallmarks of fine Merlot.
Ripe, juicy and easy to drink, with black raspberry, spice and toasty vanilla notes and soft, supple flavors. Drink now.
Here's a nice drinking young wine that's dry, fruity and soft. It has cherry-berry flavors, with a streak of herbs, mint and a touch of oak.
Food Pairings for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County
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