2016 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley
This wine has a brilliant silver straw hue with intense aromas of ripe pear, Gala apple, and Meyer lemon with notes of toast and warm, brown spice. Ripe pear, apple, and citrus flavors with hints of roasted marshmallow layer over underlying flinty minerality. The wine is concentrated, rich, and creamy with balanced acidity and well-integrated oak and will develop additional complexity with bottle age.
The 2016 growing season was off to a great start with winter and spring rains, no frost events, and an earlier-than-normal bud break. Warm, sunny days followed during fruit set, resulting in even cluster development. A classic ripening season consisting of cool night and morning temperatures with moderate daytime temperatures heating up in August brought an early harvest. After a brief heat and low humidity event, the fruit was ready at optimum Brix levels.