Clos du Bois Wines Alexander Valley
Large-volume winery producing close to half a million cases annually. The straightforward Sonoma Classic range, mainly under the North Coast AVA, is the mainstay of the winery but they can be impressive. Appellation Reserve wines are a step up, but it is the vineyard-designated and Winemakers Reserve cuvées which are the benchmarks here. Winemakers Reserve Cabernet and Marlstone in particular are dense, concentrated and well structured, the latter a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot from the vineyard of the same name. For value and style the two top Chardonnays are subtly oaked, with good citrusy, leesy depth and a certain finesse.(DM)
To find out more about Clos du Bois and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)