Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for our Classic Sonoma County 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. We blend small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure and complexity, which enlivens the subtle texture and plum-like fruitiness that is the hallmark of fine Merlot.

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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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Member Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

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3.50 5
11/25/2011

Pleasant, soft tannins, medium bodied merlot, 87 sounds about right. Red & dark fruit, oak, smooth finish.


Snooth User: grittyk
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4.00 5
03/14/2011

What a nice surprise when we tasted it after paying 7.99 on sale. Has the nose of a $25-50 bottle and the taste of a $20-$30 bottle. Very complex for under $10. Like a dry peppery Port. Nice spring red wine.


Snooth User: jaymesbawned
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3.50 5
03/29/2010

I didn't have this wine by itself, but it went great with a peppery prime rib!!!!


Snooth User: Roncgs
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3.00 5
02/23/2011

Not bad, I thought it was too oaky and smokey at first. The more I drink the better it got. Worth a try.


Snooth User: laneburritt
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3.50 5
11/08/2011

Ok


Snooth User: CharlotteAdams
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5.00 5
07/25/2010

For the price you really can't beat the rich complexity. It was an unexpected delight. We actually had it with bread, olive oil and cheese and it was wonderful. Next time we will have to try it with something more "gamier".


Snooth User: ronakji
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2.50 5
06/01/2011

Could never get the flavor people talk about, need to buy something else next time.


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External Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

07/05/2011

"Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Long among the volume leaders in Merlot


11/12/2010

Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Long among the volume leaders in Merlot, Clos Du Bois has also assembled a very respectable track record for its entry level bottling. In 2007, it shines with nice black cherry fruit and a bit of creamy oak to its aromatic credit and pays it off with a supple feel and rounded, easy-to-take red fruit flavors. Firm at the back but not in the least bit hard or tough, this is reliable wine for today.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

A straight-ahead and delicious wine. Pretty aromas of plum, chocolate, earth and blackberry. Pleasing for its fruit and spice.


External Review
05/18/2011

A pleasant and tasty Merlot, with polished flavors of plums, blackberries, chocolate and green olives. Tannins are soft and fine, and the finish is dry. This is a well-crafted red wine, and very balanced.


External Review
05/18/2011

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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Tasting Notes:

Dark, inky hues and intensely perfumed aromatics. On the nose, lush aromas of blueberries, plums and black fruits mingle with enticing nuances of violets, allspice, vanilla, smoked meat and pepper. On the palate, forward flavors of blue and black fruits are gamely supported by juicy tannins and a long, smoky finish.

The fruit for our Classic Sonoma County 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. We blend small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure and complexity, which enlivens the subtle texture and plum-like fruitiness that is the hallmark of fine Merlot.

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