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Clos Du Bois Merlot
Deep ruby red in color. Aromas of black cherry, brown spice, and light toasty oak. In the mouth, the wine has a rich texture with concentrated blackberry fruit and notes of mocha.
The growing season started with an earlier-than-normal bud break across California. Most of the rainfall occurred at the beginning of the rainy season and was followed by a series of late-season storms. These storms recharged the field capacity and reservoirs providing ample water for most of the growing season. Short but intense hot spells followed by cooling periods during early ripening propelled sugars close to optimum levels. The early bud break and resulting longer growing season allowed the grapes plenty of time to achieve color and flavor of the highest quality.
The wine was fermented on the skins in a stainless steel tank for eight days and pumped over three times a day. At the end of fermentation, most lots were pressed and racked onto oak to undergo malolactic fermentation. The lots were aged in oak for 10 months. After 10 months in a combination of French, Eastern European, and American oak barrels (35% new), the wine was racked and blended before bottling in September 2016.
Food Pairing Notes
This rich, balanced Merlot pairs nicely with a wide range of foods, including roast chicken and pork, or pasta.
Pairs with Chicken, Pork, Pasta
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