2014 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel Alexander Valley
The 2014 Zinfandel is ruby red in color with aromas of spicy black pepper and blackberry bramble with notes of mocha and light toasty oak. In the mouth, the wine is fruit forward with flavors of blackberry and a light touch of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied with lush, rich silky tannins.
98% Zinfandel, 2% Merlot
A second consecutive year of drought was the primary concern entering the 2014 growing season in Northern California. A mild winter, with very low rainfall, gave way to an early Spring, resulting in bud break two to three weeks ahead of normal in most growing areas. Heavy rainfall in April saturated the soil profile and refilled reservoirs with water sufficient to irrigate vineyards for the growing season, but not enough to end the drought. Moderate weather conditions prevailed for the late spring and summer, providing ideal conditions for flavor development in the ripening grapes. Due to the early bud break and the ideal growing conditions harvest started 2-3 weeks early and progressed smoothly. Indian Summer weather patterns prevailed through the Fall allowing the grapes to ripen to full maturity prior to being picked and resulting in wines of exceptionally high quality and concentration.