Clos du Bois Shiraz 2012

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"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." -Winery

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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 Shiraz

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Snooth User: spencerforeezy
171408118
1.50 5
Vintage: 2011 05/08/2009

Our first wine ever. Drank it camping from plastic cups. Didn't really do it for me :-)


Snooth User: Ghostrider71
141625339
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 02/15/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Ghostrider71
141625339
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/15/2014

Three glasses


Snooth User: Cynthia Vinasco
11184236
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/09/2012

Very nice, Smooth, fruity flavor


Snooth User: Eleane Beadle
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/06/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: IronOrchid
91424142
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 07/20/2011

Excellent choice. A great value!


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External Reviews for Clos du Bois Shiraz

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 11/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2011 10/15/2009

Supple and elegant, with plum, vanilla and smoky oak, and just enough complexity and ripe tannins to keep it sailing toward a solid finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 09/03/2013

Following its deep ruby-red color, this velvety Merlot imparts aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, and sweet tobacco with a hint of oak spice. The blackberry, black cherry, and chocolate flavors are well balanced and concentrated. The rich finish is highlighted by long, supple tannins. - WineryVARIETAL COMPOSITION:94% Merlot2% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Petit Verdot1% Malbec1% Other RedsAGING: French, American, and Eastern European Oak (49% new)ACID/pH: 5.75g/L / 3.75RESIDUAL SUGAR: DryALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 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 **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2008 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.


Vintage: 2007 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.


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"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." -Winery

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