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Clos du Bois

2012 Clos du Bois Chardonnay North Coast
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North Coast
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2012 Clos du Bois Chardonnay North Coast

Classic in every sense. Apple, pear, and lemon flavors with hints of butter and toasty oak. Chill, uncork, and unwind anytime.

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100% Chardonnay

This wine has a brilliant silver straw yellow hue. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complimented by toasty oak, spice and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright and juicy flavors of rich ripe apple and pear finishing in a long fresh aftertaste.


The 2012 growing season saw moderate temperatures with few heat spikes, and better than average sunlight exposure. Weather conditions during bloom promoted a strong set, yielding a larger than average crop. Given the large crop and moderate temperatures, it took a long time for the crop to ripen, which resulted in flavor development racing ahead of sugars, which is ideal for flavorful, well-balanced wines. The moderate conditions prevailed for the majority of harvest until some late season rain forced us to pick our remaining Cabernet Sauvignon on later ripening sites. The wines from the 2012 vintage show excellent color extraction, intense varietal aromatics, and good concentration. By all accounts it was a very strong vintage for wine quality.


Fruit was harvested cool and gently pressed at the winery in order to preserve Chardonnay’s pure fruit flavors. After settling, the must was partially barrel fermented (65%) in a combination of French and American oak, with the remaining juice undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was then induced to soften the wine’s acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. To encourage maximum flavor development, the wine was aged in barrel sur lie for six months, with the lees stirred monthly prior to bottling.


Fruit for this classic Chardonnay is sourced from our own estate vineyards and those of more than 100 contract growers throughout California’s North Coast appellation. Comprising six counties north of San Francisco (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin, and Solano), the expansive North Coast is home to some of the finest vineyards in California.


This crisp, refreshing Chardonnay will complement the likes of fish prepared in lemon butter, pasta in cream sauce, and chicken dishes.

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Heather's Gravatar
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(Dec 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM)
I have no idea what could have happened to the Clos Du Bois my husband and I have been drinking for about 7 years. We enjoyed the Chardonnay, 2011 North Coast. All of a sudden, the label and taste have completely changed!?! We can barely stand to finish the glass. Please tell us what happened to our beloved Chardonnay...because this 2012 version is a horrible, horrible, horrible imposter!! I think we'll have to find a new favorite Chardonnay...why would you change such a perfect wine??? Please tell us! Thank You!

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B beeler
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(Dec 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM)
I purchased a bottle from our local grocer, and the wine had a very bad smell. The taste was not bad but the smell could not be avoided. Something was wrong with this bottle?

Jase's Gravatar
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(Dec 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM)
I have been a long, long time supporter of the Clos North Coast Chards. This 2012 version is horrible! I have been running around trying to buy any 2011 cases I can. Please tell me this is a mistake and we will be enjoying the taste of the 11 North Coast again soon. Please!!!

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Sig Feile
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(Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM)
This is my wife's favorite wine, and I like it too - I buy it by the case. When we opened a bottle of the new 2012 my wife remarked about the 'different' taste, so I took a sip. It was so terrible that I poured the entire bottle down the drain. I opened another bottle. It was just OK, no where near the quality of previous vintages. I hope you bring back the previous quality soon.

ChristianN's Gravatar
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(Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM)
I had to try this after all the bad reviews. There is nothing wrong with this wine. It tastes very similar to what it does every year. Nice, balanced, smooth appley flavors with a nice finish.

Timothy's Gravatar
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(Feb 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM)
Anyone who thinks this vintage tastes anything like the previous ones is clueless. I have been drinking this Chard for years ... one glass and I new it was not even close. Very fifferent and not in a good way. Very sad :(

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Clos du Bois
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(Feb 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM)
Hello & thanks to everyone for letting us know of the problems you've experienced with this wine. We have notified the winemaking team and they are pulling inventory samples to see what they can find out what's wrong.

Judy's Gravatar
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(Mar 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM)
Bought a 4 pack at Costco and opened first bottle which was very poor and undrinkable. We were just at your winery hoping to try it but it was not available for sampling. We just returned it to Costco who thankfully took it back.

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Michelle Awtrey
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(Mar 12, 2014 at 3:29 PM)
Is there any update about the 2012 Chardonnay. You cannot find the 2011 anywhere.

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Steven Heath
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(Mar 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM)
I have enjoyed this wine for many years and it is my favorite Chardonnay and my go to wine. After buying a new case, I was confounded with the change in taste. I have been looking around to see if anyone else has encounterd this issue and read the reviews that have been posted. I now see that I was not alone in my let down. Hopefully you will find what went wrond with this years vintage. I will have to find another winre to go to till then.

jennifer's Gravatar
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(Mar 27, 2014 at 8:59 AM)
I agree with most posts. I am in the wine industry myself and understand the variables of a grape season to season, but am a bit disappointed as this was my "go to wine" and now will have to find another until 2013 is available!

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(Mar 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM)
This wine is excellent. I have always liked Clos du Bois Chardonnay and this one is lovely - smooth, drinkable, and delicious with fish dishes as well as simply to sip while watching the sunset and eating hors d'oeuvres. I have no idea why everyone doesn't love this wine. It is wonderful.

Jamie's Gravatar
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(Apr 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM)
Forever and always my go to Chardonnay.... It's the perfect tried and true wine and no brainier!!! When I'm not in the mood to be adventurous with my wine with the chance I'll be unsatisfied I know Clos is the dependable brand to go with!!! It's most often on every menu and an easy label to find in any store! Don't change Clos... You've got a good thing going and have made a huge fan out of me!!!

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