CLOS DU BOIS CHARDONNAY

For this review, I joined up again with “Big Al” who has helped with previous reviews and has a great palate.
We tasted the 2013 vintage of this wine.
The winemaker for this vintage is Gary Sitton and the varietal is 100% Chardonnay (not a blend). It’s aged in 30% French oak and 2% American oak.
According to the tasting notes, the 2013 growing season yielded high quality grapes that matured in a slow and steady fashion. This resulted in full flavor development and tannin maturity.

FROM THE BOTTLE
“Our classic California Chardonnay offers flavors of apple, pear and lemon, with hints of butter, toasty oak and spice. Pour a chilled glass to unwind at the end of a long day or sip with family and friends at a party of any size.”

APPEARANCE
In the glass, this wine is golden in color with no bubbles appearing in the wine.
We observed well-spaced and slowly falling legs.

AROMA
The aroma was noticeable when first poured from a good foot away from the glass. It was like a burst that dissipated fairly quickly.
We had slightly different experiences in terms of what we noticed. While we both noticed pineapple, I also noticed a hint of lemon. Big Al quantified it as peppery pineapple.
We both noticed a good burn from the alcohol.
Clos du Bois Chardonnay alcohol content 13.5% by volume, per the bottle.

TASTE
I noted sweet tropical fruits, but they were very subdued. I described it as “diluted pineapple.”
For Big Al, he felt the pepper from the aroma carried through to the flavor. He also said he perceived a smooth vanilla-like flavor.
We both felt the flavor was not oaky at all, even though the wine did go through some oak aging.

MOUTHFEEL
We both thought the wine had a luxurious and silky mouthfeel.

FINISH
The finish was long lasting and enjoyable. For me, it was noticeable all over the palate and for Big Al, more towards the back.

OVERALL OPINION
Overall we were both impressed with Clos du Bois Chardonnay.
This wine grew on me. At first I thought it was a bit washed out, as I tend to gravitate to oaky Chardonnays. But, a lot of people don’t like oaky Chardonnays. Given that, I think this is a nice sippable Chardonnay.
Additionally, I enjoyed the wine’s subtle sweetness and its long and enjoyable finish.
Big Al called it “good and enjoyable” and he liked the subtle sweetness the most. He felt it reminded him of a Riesling and said it would pair well with a Crème Brule or a Tiramisu.
Clos du Bois Chardonnay price $9.99.

THREE SUGGESTED PAIRINGS
For this wine, I happily agree with Clos du Bois’ recommendations, which are to pair this Chardonnay with “fish prepared in lemon butter sauce, pasta in cream sauce, and herb-roasted chicken.”

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Jon is the creator and owner of Honest Wine Reviews, a website that reviews today's popular wines and wine clubs. His book, "Wine With Friends - 25 Recommended Wines to Serve and Share" is now available on Amazon.

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