2011 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Dark ruby red color with aromas of black cherry, black plum, tobacco, hints of oak, and mocha. Rich in texture, with a mouth full of black cherry fruit, rich plush tannin, and roasted oak that is well integrated and balanced.
2011 was a challenging vintage on California’s North Coast. We had similar conditions to 2010, with a cool wet spring, and above average rainfall into June. Rainfall during bloom resulted in a poor set, thinning the crop to less than 15% of normal. The light crop was a blessing in the cool, late season, as a light crop tends to ripen more quickly. With an abundance of available water, the vines produced lots of green growth, creating the potential for canopy imbalance with the light crop. Our estate vineyards and our grape growers worked diligently to balance their canopy to the fruit, through suckering, shoot-thinning and leafing. Their diligence was rewarded with excellent flavor development in the grapes. A series of mid-October rain events presented further challenges, bringing harvest to rapid close. The resultant wines reflect the cooler vintage, with lively acidity, moderate alcohol levels and they favor finesse and elegance over power.