CLOS DU BOIS, a venerable Sonoma County winery, has gone through several owners since its founding in 1974. Now, in the hands of wine giant Constellation Brands, which takes good care of its labels, the wines are still stunning, including the entry tier California appellation wines that fill grocery store displays. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon — vintage does count in this case — is packed with power and lush flavors for the suggested retail price of $18. The 2014 Chardonnay (suggested price $16) will please the pickiest Chardonnay drinkers and I’ve seen it on sale for Thanksgiving at $8.99. Bet the Cabernet is on sale too.
Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon California 2013, $18: Keep your eye out for the 2013 vintage of this wine. Oh, I know, doesn’t California have a great vintage every year? Usually. But 2013 ranks as one of the best of the new century. And this Cab is proof: Intense dark color, aromas of cassis, cherry, dark plum, dark chocolate and spice. In the mouth, it has a creamy texture, no bite (sharp edge) to the flavors and supple tannins, — just easy drinking, dry, well-done.
Clos du Bois Chardonnay California 2014, $16: This is another great package, a wine that’s true to the varietal. Aromas of tangerine, green apple and ripe pear are gently infused with spicy oak. On sale for $8.99 at many stores, it doesn’t taste cheap or commercial. It has depth, complexity and balance. Delicious.
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