I honestly don’t remember where or when we got the 2009 Clos Du Bois Marlstone wine. I did not buy it, so it must have been a gift from someone.
Clos Du Bois Marlstone is a red Bordeaux blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The Marlstone line is from Clos Du Bois’ proprietary series of higher-end wines. Select vineyards in California’s Alexander Valley were created specifically to make this series of wines.
It is a medium- to full-bodied red with flavors of blackberries and cherries. I also tasted a lot of oak. There is a nice balance between the fruit flavor and the acidity. This blend is fairly high in tannins and a little on the dry side.
I believe this wine is in the mid $40 price range. More than I usually spend. I liked the wine OK, but not enough to purchase on a regular basis, especially at that price point.
I’ve tried a couple of new wines lately. Both white. Both very good. I thought I’d better try a couple more whites before Fall settles in.
Simply Naked Unoaked Chardonnay, California 2010. This Chardonnay is not oaked- aged, just how I like it. It is instead fermented in stainless steel, which allows the true fruit flavors to shine through.
Simply Naked is a very approachable medium-bodied white wine with a crisp fruit taste. I definitely tasted a strong green apple flavor. A good choice even if you’re not a Chardonnay lover. Without the oak, you don’t get that buttery flavor. Just under $10.
Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This Chilean white wine has the typical acidity and citrus taste of a Sauvignon Blanc. Light-bodied, crisp and a little tart, with flavors of grapefruit and lemon. One of the better Sauv Blancs I’ve had for the price. About $10-$11.
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