Best known for outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, winemaker Gary Sitton looks to the famed Alexander Valley to make this exceptional wine. Premier hillside and benchland fruit give this wine its rich fruit flavors and remarkable tannin structure. While the majority of this wine is made from Cabernet (90%), it also contains 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were hand and machine harvested between September 8 and October 18, 2007.
The 2007 growing season was marked by low rainfall and moderate temperatures in spring, leading to an earlier-than-usual bud break. Bloom took place over an extended period and resulted in variable set, contributing to smaller, looser clusters. Cool temperatures in September and October allowed for slow and extended ripening, ideal for red wines. A below-average crop size and these moderate temperatures combined to yield wines of intense varietal character, richness and approachable structure. Grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, in order to extract flavors as gently as possible and enable partial whole-berry fermentation. Following fermentation in stainless steel, some lots were pressed off to barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation, while others were left on their skins for an average of 20 to 30 days. This extended maceration is a critical component of the Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon program. Through this technique, winemaker Gary Sitton can extract optimal flavor and character from the grapes. The wine was then aged for 18 months in French, American and Eastern European oak, of which 44% was new.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful wine from an outstanding vintage. Deep, inky red in color, it offers up seductive scents of cassis, ripe plum and blackberry intermingled with hints of mocha and espresso. Concentrated fruit envelops the palate, with deep, luscious flavors that echo the nose. A quintessential Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this alluring wine has a rich texture, full-bodied structure, hints of toasted oak and black cherry, and a balanced, satisfying finish.
Tasting Date: October 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: United States, California, Sonoma, Alexander Valley
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $21.99