2015 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a ruby red color with bright aromas of ripe strawberry, cherry and hints of fresh cedar. The nose rings true on the lush palate where juicy fruit flavors are tempered with layers of sweet vanilla, rosewater and delicate spice notes. The wine is classically Pinot Noir combining the hallmark California red fruit characteristics with the cool climate structure and forest floor nuances of Sonoma Coast.
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.