Clos du Bois
2007 Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir
- Final Assessment (formerly our Conclusion)
- Highly recommended, today’s wine really took out tasting panel by surprise! Loaded with flavor and deeply aromatic, this delicious, elegant-feeling wine really delivers a complete package. Clos du Bois’s 2007 Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir is sourced from the winery’s finest vineyard sources, including the winery’s prized Campbell Ranch vineyard in Annapolis. Enjoy this wine all on its own, or pair it with your favorite chicken or pork dish for a divine delight. This is the final call for this remarkable vintage and we encourage you to stock up.
Dark ruby red at the heart of the wine, gradually becoming pink at the very edging. After spinning this pretty wine, tall, skinny legs run swiftly down the glass wall.
Lush and warm, with spiced cherry candy, blackberry, crushed red flower petals, bramble and cedar. As the wine breathes, it opens to reveal additional aromas of cassis, wild strawberry, flint and a hint of leather.
Dark and rich, with black cherry juice and smoky blackberry that lead to leather, dark plum, dark dried cranberry, cedar, subtle savory dried herbs, dried rose petals, dried leaves and slate mineral.
Extra long and packed with dark fruit flavors that very gradually yield to earthy flavors. After these flavors dwindle, a soft dryness persists, with slate, earthy dried leaves and subtle spice.
What the Winery Says
- Grape Source
- This wine is comprised of 100% Pinot Noir fruit sourced from premier Sonoma Coast vineyards, with the majority of fruit sourced from the Campbell Ranch Vineyard in Annapolis. Set on 26 coastal acres at an elevation of 700 feet, Campbell Ranch is a special place to cultivate cool-climate Pinot Noir. The grapes were harvested between September 5 and October 5, 2007, at an average of 25° Brix.
- Low rainfall and moderate temperatures in the spring led to an earlier than usual bud break in 2007. Lovely, temperate summer months followed, creating an extended blooming period and growing season that encouraged full development of ﬂ avor and color concentration in the fruit. Harvest began in mid-August with near perfect conditions. A smaller than average crop size combined with moderate temperatures yielded wines of exceptional varietal character, richness and approachable structure.
- Yields from the rugged and cool Sonoma Coast are always low, and the 2007 vintage was no exception. Grapes were destemmed, not crushed, transferred to small stainless steel fermenters and underwent a three-day cold soak prior to fermentation. After alcoholic fermentation ﬁ nished, the wine was pressed off to three separate barrel lots to undergo malolactic fermentation, then racked off the lees and returned to French oak barrels for aging. The wine aged in 51% new oak and 49% used oak barrels for a total of nine months before the individual lots were racked, blended together and prepared for bottling.
- Winemaker Notes
- Showing a brilliant, black plum hue, this Pinot Noir exudes aromas of ripe blackberry, red currant, plum and rose petal. The intense fruit is tempered with hints of vanilla, toast and a mild earthiness. The texture is silky with bright ﬂ avors that echo the aromas, especially the luscious blackberry notes and hints of wild strawberry. The ﬁ ne-grained tannins leave a lingering ﬁ nish that is classically Pinot Noir.
- Sonoma Coast
- Cases Produced
- September 2008
- July 2010
About the Winery
When the easy-going charm of West Coast living meets old-world French winemaking techniques, you know you’ve found something to celebrate.
With warm sun and cool breezes in just the right measure, and exceptionally diverse soil types, the breathtakingly beautiful, 20-mile-long basin known as the Alexander Valley is a winemaker’s paradise of micro-climates — and our home. Clos du Bois proudly carries on an Alexander Valley winemaking tradition that, for us, stretches back more than 40 years. A tradition of the highest quality grapes and the finest round, supple wines. A tradition you can taste in every bottle of Clos du Bois.
Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
“Health, family, food and wine – all at the same time” is how Melissa Stackhouse, Clos du Bois Director of Winemaking, describes her idea of perfect happiness, and it is clear that winemaking for her is much more than a job. With a passion for the artistry behind winemaking coupled with an appreciation of a balanced lifestyle, Melissa brings a unique vision and spirit to her role at Clos du Bois.
With as much zeal and enthusiasm as when she first started out in the industry, Melissa aspires to create wines that are meant to be enjoyed while laughing and sharing a delicious meal with friends and family. While laidback and easygoing by nature, Melissa has an extensive and impressive background at some of California’s top wineries, including La Crema, J Vineyards & Winery and Jackson Family Wines.
Prior to earning her Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, Melissa discovered her passion for winemaking while wine tasting with friends. Her “aha moment” came when she realized that a career in winemaking combined her love of agriculture and science with her desire for creative expression through the production of each vintage. “It is rare that you find a career that involves working with the earth and also requires a level of creativity and artistry. This unique combination is what drew me to winemaking,” says Melissa.
Always looking to challenge herself as a winemaker, Melissa is excited to be working with some of Sonoma and Alexander Valley’s best fruit, continuing Clos du Bois’ dedication to creating wines that are the ultimate expression of French winemaking under the California sun.