Mission Codename Out of the woods
Celebrate the return of Clos du Bois with us, today, with the release of their juicy, rich and oh so elegant 2014 Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Franc. We have a small allocation of this hard to find wine, from the winery’s special reserve program. Cab Sauv fans will love this wine, Franc fans will do cartwheels!
Internally, this wine has a beautiful softly-hazy maroon hue that shines when held up to the light. The nose is very perfumed with an analogue of sandalwood, cigar box, potpourri, black currant, and bright boysenberry. Right away, after taking a sip, you’ll come away with Cab Franc’s signature dark berry and chocolate flavor profile, with cocoa, espresso, and dark mocha. There’s some nice leather and tobacco on there as well. This wine is excellently structured, with plenty of flavor and acidity nuance without being overbearing, right through to a long, tapered finish. This is a wonderful all-around wine that would be especially delicious with a nice heaping bowl of fettuccine with a Bolognese sauce with Parmesano Reggiano.
Clos du Bois proudly declares their “dedication to creating wines that are the ultimate expression of French winemaking under the California sun,” and today’s wine shows just how beautifully they make good on that commitment. And then some. This delicious wine is more food-friendly than a traditional California Cabernet Sauvignon, with a flavor profile that is brighter and decidedly juicier.
Winemaker, Melissa Stackhouse shows off her winemaking skills with today’s wine. We’ve tracked the progress of this young and accomplished winemaker through the years. She’s come a long way since her early career at La Crema, Jackson Family Wines and J Vineyards & Winery. Today, she focuses her passion on crafting Clos du Bois wines from the finest Sonoma County and Alexander Valley vineyard sources.
What the Winery Says
2014 Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Franc
- Melissa Stackhouse
- 92% Cabernet Franc
- 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 3% Malbec
- Sonoma County
- Harvest Date
- September 25th - October 9th