Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County 2009

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Clos du Bois Classics wines are consumer favorites that reflect the winery’s accessible and refined winemaking style. Working with a family of trusted growers and more than 500 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of Sonoma County, each vintage is crafted to achieve balance, intensity and true varietal character. Lush fruit flavors and a juicy, supple palate are the hallmarks of the Clos du Bois style.

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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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Snooth User: Cynthia Vinasco
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4.00 5
07/09/2012

Very nice, Smooth, fruity flavor


Snooth User: Eleane Beadle
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4.00 5
10/06/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Bois Merlot Sonoma County

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Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Following its deep ruby-red color, this bright, fruit-forward Merlot has an inviting nose of black cherry, blackberry, violet, mocha, red currant, ripe plum, spice, cedar and sweet tobacco. A mouthful of velvety texture follows, with a good concentration of flavors, including black cherry and chocolate with subtle spicy notes from the oak. The rich finish is highlighted by long, supple tannins. - WineryWinemaker: Gary SittonVarietal Composition:90% Merlot4% Malbec4% Petit Verdot2% Cabernet SauvignonAppellation: North CoastAcid / pH: 5.6g/L / 3.52Residual Sugar: DryAlcohol: 13.5%Bottled: November 2011


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/03/2013

Following its deep ruby-red color, this bright, fruit-forward Merlot has an inviting nose of black cherry, blackberry, violet, mocha, red currant, ripe plum, spice, cedar and sweet tobacco. A mouthful of velvety texture follows, with a good concentration of flavors, including black cherry and chocolate with subtle spicy notes from the oak. The rich finish is highlighted by long, supple tannins. - WineryWinemaker: Gary SittonVarietal Composition:90% Merlot4% Malbec4% Petit Verdot2% Cabernet SauvignonAppellation: North CoastAcid / pH: 5.6g/L / 3.52Residual Sugar: DryAlcohol: 13.5%Bottled: November 2011 ** SOLD OUT **



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Clos du Bois Classics wines are consumer favorites that reflect the winery’s accessible and refined winemaking style. Working with a family of trusted growers and more than 500 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of Sonoma County, each vintage is crafted to achieve balance, intensity and true varietal character. Lush fruit flavors and a juicy, supple palate are the hallmarks of the Clos du Bois style.

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