2015 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Merlot Alexander Valley
Our 2015 Merlot has aromas of plum, blackberry and mocha, with subtle toasted oak. The wine is round and full-bodied with silky tannin and great concentration of blackberry cobbler flavors.
The 2015 growing season started with an earlier-than-normal bud break across California. Most of the rainfall occurred at the beginning of the rainy season and was followed by a series of late-season storms. These storms recharged the field capacity and reservoirs providing ample water for most of the growing season. Short but intense hot spells followed by cooling periods during early ripening propelled sugars close to optimum levels. The early bud break and resulting longer growing season allowed the grapes plenty of time to achieve color and flavor of the highest quality.