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Clos du Bois 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2016

Member Review by vin0vin0:

Nice RRV chardonnay. Nicely balanced with a touch of spice complementing ripe pair, a touch of lemon pith, medium acidity and a bit of oak.

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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 'Reserve' Chardonnay

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,064
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 01/03/2014

Nice RRV chardonnay. Nicely balanced with a touch of spice complementing ripe pair, a touch of lemon pith, medium acidity and a bit of oak.


Snooth User: runningbear
43154729
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 12/26/2013

Actually prefer the non-reserve Clos du Bois


Snooth User: kevsipe
701626222
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/20/2012

Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 1 user opinion) Community Tasting History Community Tasting Notes (average 86 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by Dpauk1008 on 11/5/2012 & rated 88 points: Good tasting Chard...was expecting a little more from the RRV (187 views) Tasted by bway_wine on 7/7/2012 & rated 89 points: Thought we were in for a knockout: overwhelming nose of toast with hints of vanilla and lemon. Really smelled great! But just tasted "good" on a hot day. Tart fruits and hints of oak/butter. No creaminess. (736 views) Tasted by vijay0129 on 4/12/2012 & rated 85 points: Fruity, some acid and vanilla. Not bad at all (1107 views)


Snooth User: uacat
8661385
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/19/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Bethanneq
9652790
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/17/2009

a little too peppery


Snooth User: gunterslakelady
31441156
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/30/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: siggswitz
3613480
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/06/2008

Strong flavors of oak, a rare chardonnay that I really enjoy.


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External Reviews for Clos du Bois 'Reserve' Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2011 01/09/2013

Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Series wines are barrel-selected cuv es that represent a small, rigorously limited share of the winery s production of a given variety.


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Vintage: 2010 10/11/2012

After traveling France s wine regions, founder Frank Woods returned home inspired to marry the elegant French style of winemaking with his vibrant California fruit.


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Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

Clos Du Bois Chardonnay 2008 North Coast and all other wine from Clos Du Bois are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Vintage: 2008 04/13/2011

Winemaker Notes - To craft our Reserve Chardonnay, winemaker Erik Olsen looks to the Russian River Valley. Brilliant silver straw in color, the Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay exudes rich aromatics reminiscent of ripe apples and pears with hints of stone fruit and citrus. The intense fruit-forward flavors are bright and juicy with ripe apples, pears and fig, highlighted by nuances of toffee and vanilla. The creamy mouthfeel is a result of hand stirring the lees during barrel aging.


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Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesBrilliant silver straw yellow in color with aromas of ripe apple blossom, ripe pear, a hint of white peach and citrus with roasted oak and vanilla. Its bright with juicy viscosity and rich ripe apple and pear flavors and a long fresh aftertaste. The texture is silky smooth with a creaminess achieved by hand stirring the lees in barrels during the sur lie aging.



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