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Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County 2006

Member Review by Wolle:

My Rating 90: Firm medium bodied Merlot with powerful nose that is elegant and Complex. Body well balanced dry and some complexity.

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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: Wolle
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4.00 5
02/22/2012

My Rating 90: Firm medium bodied Merlot with powerful nose that is elegant and Complex. Body well balanced dry and some complexity.


Snooth User: rgandysr
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3.50 5
06/27/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

11/12/2010

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.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. In aroma


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe, juicy and easy to drink, with black raspberry, spice and toasty vanilla notes and soft, supple flavors. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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