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Clos Du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve 97 3L
Grape Source A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Merlot (8%) and Malbec (7%) from four of our best Alexander Valley growers, including our own River Oaks Vineyard. All of the grapes were hand picked in early October 1997, at an average 24 degrees Brix. Vintage In terms of sheer quality and volume, 1997 has been called ?the vintage of the century? for California Cabernet Sauvignon. The growing season was characterized by nearly perfect weather, vine health, grape set and harvest conditions. 1997 Cabernets are distinguished by round, plush tannins and ripe, opulent currant, black cherry and wild berry flavors. Winemaking The wine was fermented on the skins in stainless steel tanks with the juice pumped over twice daily. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in a combination of new, once- and twice-filled 60-gallon French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels for 24 months. Winemaking Notes Rarely does a winemaker see a vintage with such high yields of grapes as that of 1997. Coming on the heels of two short crops, 1997 signaled a return to relative normalcy in Sonoma Country. Through the threat of an early rain loomed overhead, the September afternoons managed to warm up, allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to ripen to their proper maturity. Over the years we have discovered that grapes grown in the Alexander Valley exhibit luscious, full-bodied characteristics. The 1997 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an expression of fruit from our finest growers within the appellation. The wine brims with lush, velvety black cherry and blackberry flavors. This is a rich, meaty wine with layered oak complexities. It is enjoyable now and will age nicely for the next eight to ten years. Food Recommendations The 1997 Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect choice to serve with beef. This wine will complement most roasted or grilled cuts. For a special treat, try it with an array of fresh herb-roasted or grilled vegetables.
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