Clos du Bois Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Series wines are barrel-selected cuvées that represent a rigorously limited share of the winery’s production of a given variety. Winemaker Gary Sitton seeks out exceptional vineyards throughout Sonoma County, then individually selects the finest barrels to produce wines that stand as testaments to the region’s unique terroirs. From the cool, fog-bound environs of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, to the volcanic hillsides of Alexander Valley and the sun-baked slopes of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County’s diverse soils and microclimates find their true expression in these crafted wines.
The fruit used to craft this Chardonnay comes from vineyard sites in Sonoma County’s coveted Russian River Valley, an ideal place for growing extraordinary Chardonnay. After a gentle whole-cluster press, 100% of the wine was barrel fermented in French and Hungarian oak (28% new French, 12% new Hungarian). Malolactic fermentation was introduces to 100% of the wine to soften the acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. The wine was then allowed to age in barrels sur lie for nine months before bottling.
Luscious and creamy with aromas of ripe apple, pear, Meyer lemon, mineral, toast and sweet brown spice, this Chardonnay is one of California's best values in high qualilty Chardonnay. On the palate you will also find ripe pear, apple, and citrus notes with hints of lemon curd. The wine is quite complex with balanced acidity and well-integrated oak. Clos du Bois founder Frank Woods was impressed with France's winemaking expertise and dreamed to combine their methods with his vibrant California fruit. In 1974 he premiered his Clos du Bois classic Chardonnay.
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|
|Brand||Clos du Bois|