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2013 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay Russian River Valley

2013 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay Russian River Valley
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Aromas of juicy gala apple and sweet orange blossom with hints of vanilla and caramelized sugar and well-integrated oak spice. The wine is full bodied with a rich, silky texture and a long finish.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2013 Calcaire has a brilliant silver-straw hue with intense aromas of juicy gala apple and sweet orange blossom with hints of vanilla and caramelized sugar and well-integrated oak spice. Bright, vibrant flavors of citrus and pear over a core of minerality are layered with hints of toasty brown spice and nuances of creamy lemon custard. The wine is full bodied with a rich, silky texture and a long finish. The balanced acidity and structure of this wine will allow it to develop additional complexity with bottle age. 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard Notes
2013 was a superb growing season. It began with a mild winter and spring, with very little rainfall. This yielded balanced vineyard canopies and average crop size, with excellent concentration of flavors. Due to mild spring temperatures, bud break came early and harvest began several weeks sooner than the last few vintages. Because of the moderate temperatures, the grapes matured slowly but steadily, achieving full flavor development and tannin maturity, two things winemakers look for in determining the optimal pick date for their grapes.
Winemaker Notes
To craft this rich, vibrant Chardonnay, winemaker Gary Sitton selected fruit from the AGG Lavell Vineyard located in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Individual lots were identified during harvest, between September 12 and September 16, 2013, and nurtured through the barrel aging process to ensure integrity of flavor nuances. Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.5° Brix. After a gentle, whole-cluster press, 100% of the wine was barrel fermented in French oak. Malolactic fermentation was introduced to 100% of the wine to soften the acidity and impart a smooth mouthfeel. The wine was then allowed to age in the barrel sur lie for nine months before bottling. Barrels were stirred by hand once every two weeks during sur lie aging.
Food Pairing Notes
Roast Turkey with citrus and thyme bread stuffing or creamy butternut squash soup with carmelized onions.
Double Gold
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal & 90 Points
2016 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal
2015 San Francisco Wine Competition
Silver Medal
2015 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
Silver Medal
2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River
Alcohol %
14.5
Product Reviews
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Philippe Danon
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(Jun 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM)
Serve this by the glass all the time (2013) Calcaire by Clos du Bois is a nice rich savory and all the time refreshing palate cleaning wine. Soft minerality and slight toast/butter notes. Can be enjoyed before during and after a meal because of its underlying acidity that shows signs of lemon peel light floral hinting at chamomille and honeysuckle. All around good wine that could be fun to age and see what happens, why not? http://www.hotelrivegauche.ca/en/restaurant-3/the-cooking/

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