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Clos du Bois Winemaker Reserve Merlot 1997

Merlot from California
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Winemaker Notes

The Merlot fruit for this wine was sourced from several long-term growers in Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Alexander Valley Merlot is known for a characteristic softness, with elegant, round tannins, while Dry Creek Valley Merlot offers more intense, firmly structured tannins. Tannin structure was sufficient to forego blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, and to stand up to long aging in new oak. The 1997 Winemakers Reserve Merlot features forward oak and black cherry, with complex toast, cedar, mint and berry spice aromas. This wine offers near-term elegance as well as bottle aging potential.

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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 three decades. Woods' vision was to marry the best of California wines, which were rich, fruit forward and robust, with the best of French wines, which had an undeniable elegance. With a focus on sourcing the best quality grapes from Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and the surrounding North Coast, the resulting collection of wines highlight the best of Sonoma County in a style that is both elegant and approachable - the signature of Clos du Bois.

With a cool climate suitable for more than just icewine production, Canada is also home to excellent dry still and sparkling wines. Most viticulture is based in Ontario on the east coast and British Columbia on the west coast. Because of the high risk of winter freeze and spring frost, plantings are typically centered on large bodies of water to take advantage of their temperature moderating effects.

In Ontario, particularly on the Niagara Peninsula, aromatic white varieties like Riesling and Gewürztraminer are most successful, often with racy acidity and citrus notes. Many wineries produce both dry and semi-dry versions. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc perform nicely here as well. For icewine, French-American hybrid variety Vidal is popular. In British Columbia, many of the same grapes are grown, but there is also a significant emphasis on Bordeaux varieties—especially Merlot.

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