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Clos du Bois Sauvignon Blanc North Coast 2017

Member Review by pboss:

A pretty standard Chardonnay. Not bad but not great. Lots of butter here but not as much oak as I would like, making it less balanced. Some lemon seed tartness and decent heat from the alcohol. An easy drinker for weekdays on the back porch.

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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 Sauvignon Blanc North Coast

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Snooth User: pboss
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 03/02/2014

A pretty standard Chardonnay. Not bad but not great. Lots of butter here but not as much oak as I would like, making it less balanced. Some lemon seed tartness and decent heat from the alcohol. An easy drinker for weekdays on the back porch.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,842
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 01/29/2014

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: DWCPSC
1123741399
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/11/2013

Ok, nothing extraordinary. Went well with chicken piccata. The crisp flavor stood up to the piccata sauce well.


Snooth User: sitrep666
23310725
2.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/11/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: CJLew
1033955183
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/24/2012

Paired with a Chinese dinner of walnut prawns, kung pao chicken, fried rice and chow mein. Very nice with that Also paired with cracked crab and butter, french bread, artichokes and salad. Good with that, in a good for the price kinda way. I am not one to drink the buttery Chardonnays by themselves simply for enjoyment's sake, but I had read that they make nice pairing options. This wine has a pretty good QPR. I would give it a 3 glasses rating, but bumped it up a bit for how well it went with the Chinese food, and for the QPR.


Snooth User: KIPLAN
64201117
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/18/2013

Our favorite!


Snooth User: nikkip5000
3037213
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/18/2009

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Clos du Bois Sauvignon Blanc North Coast

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 11/07/2017

Tasting Notes: Brilliant silver straw yellow in color. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complemented by toasty oak, spice, and cream. In the mouth, the silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright, juicy flavors of ripe apple and pear for a long and fresh finish. Production Notes: Clos du Bois Classics wines are spectacular favorites that reflect the winery’s accessible and refined winemaking style. Working with a family of trusted growers from some of the best vineyards across California, 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. Alcohol: 13.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 03/08/2017

GRAPE SOURCE: Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of some of the best contract growers throughout California. The wine is primarily sourced from regions in the North Coast like Mendocino and Sonoma, while adding in fruit from the Central Coast to complement. The grapes were harvested between August 11 and September 24, 2015. VINTAGE: The 2015 growing season started with an earlier-than-normal bud break across California. Most of the rainfall occurred at the beginning of the rainy season and was followed by a series of late-season storms. These storms recharged the field capacity and reservoirs, providing ample water for most of the growing season. Short but intense hot spells followed by cooling periods during early ripening propelled sugars close to optimum levels. The early bud break and resulting longer growing season allowed the grapes plenty of time to achieve color and flavor of the highest quality. WINEMAKING: The grapes were harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve the Chardonnay’s pure fruit flavors. After settling, the juice was partially barrel fermented in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wine’s acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled starting July 2016. WINEMAKER NOTES: Brilliant silver straw yellow in color. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complemented by toasty oak, spice, and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright, juicy flavors of ripe apple and pear. The finish is long and fresh. FOOD PAIRINGS: This crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement a variety of foods, including fish prepared in lemon butter sauce, pasta in cream sauce, and herb-roasted chicken. ACID/pH: 5.7g/L / 3.3 RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.6g/L ALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/29/2016

This bright and juicy Chardonnay beckons with aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, peach and sweet lemon drop.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 09/11/2014

WINEMAKER NOTESThis wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.GRAPE SOURCE:Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout California's North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California.VINTAGE:The 2012 growing season saw moderate temperatures with few heat spikes, and better than average sunlight exposure. Weather conditions during bloom promoted a strong set, yielding a larger than average crop. Given the large crop and moderate temperatures, it took a long time for the crop to ripen, which re...


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 11/04/2014

WINEMAKER NOTESThis wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.GRAPE SOURCE:Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout Californias North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California.VINTAGE:The 2012 growing season saw moderate temperatures with few heat spikes, and better than average sunlight exposure. Weather conditions during bloom promoted a strong set, yielding a larger than average crop. Given the large crop and moderate temperatures, it took a long time for the crop to ripen, which resulted in flavor development racing ahead of sugars, which is ideal for flavorful, well-balanced wines. The moderate conditions prevailed for the majority of harvest until some late season rain forced us to pick our remaining Cabernet Sauvignon on later ripening sites. The wines from the 2012 vintage show excellent color extraction, intense varietal aromatics, and good concentration. By all accounts it was a very strong vintage for wine quality.WINEMAKING:Fruit was harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve Chardonnays pure fruit flavors. After settling, the must was partially barrel fermented (65%) in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wines acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling.FOOD PAIRINGSThis crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement the likes of fish prepared in lemon butter, pasta in cream sauce, and chicken dishes. - WineryAGING: 30% French, 2% AmericanACID/pH: 5.9g/L / 3.20RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.8g/LALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 09/11/2014

Following its brilliant, silver straw-yellow hue, this Chardonnay has intense primary aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear and sweet lemon drop, complemented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The wine's silky smooth texture is overlaid with bright juicy flavors of rich, ripe apple and pear, lingering into a fresh, satisfying finish. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/24/2014

This Classic Sonoma County Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruity flavors of pear, crisp green apple, vanilla and toasty caramel.


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