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Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Merlot Alexander Valley 2009

Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Merlot Alexander Valley 750ML 2009    
Sku: 20478

The fruit for our 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. We blend small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon to 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. We like ours with roasted leg of lamb or tomato-based pasta dishes.

Tasting notes
This lush, velvety Merlot has a deep, inky, ruby-red color with heady aromas of cedar, tobacco, blackberry, and baking spices. Concentrated flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, mocha, black cherry, and blackberry are followed by a toasty oak finish. The wine is round and full-bodied with silky tannins.

Wine maker notes
Moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer made 2009 a very good growing season. Weather during set was good and rain in early May helped to develop a lush, healthy canopy that was beneficial in ripening the crop. There were no extended heat spikes over 100F during the key ripening period between July and September, which allowed the vines to mature fruit continuously. The lack of extreme temperatures resulted in higher acidity and aromatic concentration in the white grapes and higher color and tannin development in the reds.

Food pairing
This full-bodied Merlot is a perfect match for meaty dishes made of beef or lamb, or more subtle pairings built around earthy flavors, such as mushrooms and herbs.

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Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
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