Monday, March 29, 2010

*** $ Clos du Bois Shiraz, Sonoma County, CA, 2002 - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review, August 2009: This Clos du Bois Shiraz from Sonoma County has been kept for seven years since its 2002 vintage date - probably much longer than most would keep a simple, modestly-priced table wine. It has been cellared soundly, though, and I'm interested to see the effects.

In the glass, this shows as quite deep burgundy red, with only a slight bit of bricking at the dark edges. The aromas are thick with prunes and a bit spongy, almost making me worry that the aging has been overdone. Let's see...

On the palate, the first note is a deep purple middle, muddled with oak and prune. Actually quite enticing. It is followed with a touch of acid that brings the fruit up and into your cheeks; there it lingers for awhile before slinking down your cheeks again into a solid, layered, fairly intense finish.

Three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale. A best value.

Updated review, over six months later, March, 2010:  Thick berries aroma now, fewer plums or sponge.  Palate holds consistent notes.

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