2013 Clos du Bois Marlstone Red Blend Alexander Valley
Inky black color with a ruby red hue, complex aromas of blackberry, black current, mocha, cedar, and hints of tobacco leaf. In the mouth, dense concentrated black fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry and black current. The wine has a lush silky texture that finishes with round chewy tannins.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, 5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
2013 was a superb growing season yielding high quality across both white and red grape varietals. 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. Early bud break due to mild spring temperatures led to a harvest that started several weeks earlier than for the previous few vintages. The grapes matured slowly but steadily, achieving full flavor development and tannin maturity, two things we winemakers look for in determining the optimal pick date for our grapes.
Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot were pressed to barrels while Cabernet Sauvignon remained in contact with skins for an extended maceration of 20 to 40 days before being pressed to barrels. All lots underwent malolactic fermentation and were then racked and returned to barrels. Individual barrel lots were blended together and returned to barrels for aging. The wine aged for 25 months total in 100% new French oak barrels and was bottled in January 2016.
Roast Turkey with citrus and thyme bread stuffing or creamy butternut squash soup with carmelized onions.