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Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County 2008

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This Merlot is a deep, ruby red color with bold aromas of black cherry, ripe plums and red currant. The fruit aromas are complemented by hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate, balanced flavors of juicy black plums, mocha and a touch of tobacco make this a wine of structure and finesse. The wine ends beautifully with a velvety mouthfeel and long, rich 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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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

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Snooth User: IronOrchid
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2.50 5
11/08/2011

The wine has a very deep red color, reach and full body (not watery at all !) but it is too dry for a Merlot to my personal taste. It is a good quality wine at a good price overall. It is just not for me.


Snooth User: Omar Lizardo
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4.00 5
07/20/2011

Excellent choice. A great value!


External Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

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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Source: The Wine Buyer
06/13/2012

The soulful notes of currant, tobacco and chocolate in our deep ruby Merlot precede a velvety drinkability. Lushly intense, the wine reveals layers of red cherry, plum, raspberry, strawberry and violet.



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This Merlot is a deep, ruby red color with bold aromas of black cherry, ripe plums and red currant. The fruit aromas are complemented by hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate, balanced flavors of juicy black plums, mocha and a touch of tobacco make this a wine of structure and finesse. The wine ends beautifully with a velvety mouthfeel and long, rich finish.

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