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Clos du Bois Tempranillo Alexander Valley Reserve 2002

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With a dark ruby red hue, the 2002 Alexander Valley Reserve Tempranillo fills the wine glass with scents of blueberry, red currant, plum, vanilla and a hint of oak. Its flavors complement the aromas with the addition of coffee and spice wrapped in a rich, supple mouth-feel that leads to a long, lingering finish. The 2002 growing season began with a short rainstorm at budbreak followed by a two-week heat spell. This impaired bloom set and reduced overall crop size, leading to concentrated flavors in the berries at harvest time. As the summer months progressed, temperatures remained mild with cool, fog-laden nights and warm, sunny afternoons. Harvest progressed at a normal clip and the fruit quality was excellent. With ideally ripe fruit our plan was to affect this wine as little as possible. After completing fermentation in stainless steel tanks, we transferred the wine into oak for 21 months to soften tannins in this multi-dimensional, complex wine.

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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

With a dark ruby red hue, the 2002 Alexander Valley Reserve Tempranillo fills the wine glass with scents of blueberry, red currant, plum, vanilla and a hint of oak. Its flavors complement the aromas with the addition of coffee and spice wrapped in a rich, supple mouth-feel that leads to a long, lingering finish. The 2002 growing season began with a short rainstorm at budbreak followed by a two-week heat spell. This impaired bloom set and reduced overall crop size, leading to concentrated flavors in the berries at harvest time. As the summer months progressed, temperatures remained mild with cool, fog-laden nights and warm, sunny afternoons. Harvest progressed at a normal clip and the fruit quality was excellent. With ideally ripe fruit our plan was to affect this wine as little as possible. After completing fermentation in stainless steel tanks, we transferred the wine into oak for 21 months to soften tannins in this multi-dimensional, complex wine.

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