The fruit for Clos du Bois Classic Sonoma County Merlot comes from vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Extended maceration enhances color, flavor and mouthfeel, and aging for 18 months in 60-gallon oak barrels adds softness and a subtle vanillin component. Small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon add structure and complexity, which enlivens the subtle texture and plum-like fruitiness that is the hallmark of fine Merlot.
Merlot is food's best friend and a fantastic party choice. This wine pairs well with roasted leg of lamb or tomato-based pasta dishes.
Good flavors from an inexpensive wine