Clos du Bois Merlot 1997

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 349
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Made from lush fruit carefully selected from a few Alexander Valley growers long associated with Clos du Bois, this is an elegant, full-bodied wine, featuring an extravaganza of ripe cherry and blueberry flavors. Aged around 24 months in new and older 60-gallon French oak barrels, the wine also exhibits a seductively plush layer of plum and toasty oak aromas.

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When Clos du Bois was founded in 1974, Sonoma County was better known for its prunes, walnuts and dairy farms than for its wine grapes. With more soil types than France, Founder Frank Woods recognized the potential of Sonoma County as a world-class wine growing region, and it is here in Sonoma's Alexander Valley where Clos du Bois has been making outstanding wines for more than...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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