“Wine without Pretense” by Grape Enthusiast

Clos du Bois Chardonnay

Here’s a very accessible wine that sounds quite Frenchy.  Clos du Bois roughly translates to “vineyard of the woods”.  That’s all warm and fuzzy, now isn’t it?  It is American through and through, made in California and widely available across the USA at wine shops, restaurants, and liquor stores.  In fact the first time I had a Clos du Bois Chardonnay was at My Father’s Place restaurant in downtown Decatur, Indiana more than a decade ago – everyone at the table enjoyed each glass.  A mid-range priced wine that is consistently tasty; it drinks like a more expensive label.  This makes a very nice daily table wine or a good special event wine.  I really like this Chardonnay, though my usual preference is for reds.

Brand: Clos du Bois     Name: North Coast Chardonnay     Year: 2009     Origin: California    Price: $9 – $12

The label says, “Our lush Chardonnay showcases juicy flavors of ripe apple, pear, and honeysuckle complemented with hints of butter, toasty oak and spice from aging in oak barrels.”  So often you hear that a wine has a good finish, well, this white wine has a good start.  From the first swallow Clos du Bois Chardonnay is a winner and is good for sipping or gulping.  I noticed the pear along with the oak flavors in addition to pineapple and butterscotch.  Finally, this wine made me think of sunshine and freshly mowed grass – weird, I know.  Good from the start when chilled, it seemed to get even better as the bottle warmed up with the flavor increasing.  All and all this is a very enjoyable wine.

It is not a she-she kind of wine.  Some men might consider “white wine” a drink for girls only.  Though it is a white wine, Clos du Bois Chardonnay is more substantial and may infer “class and discernment” on the drinker whether male or female.  So, take the plunge guys and enjoy the complex flavors of this easy to enjoy wine without compromising your masculinity.  And if you want to impress your date, ask for Clos du Bois Chardonnay by name rather than ordering “white wine”.

Food Parings: I drank it with a simple lunch of cold shrimp and cocktail sauce, greens olives, and soft cheese – simply wonderful combination.  Of course, white wines go well with fish, chicken, and pork dishes.  The pleasure of drinking this wine with all kinds of cheeses and crackers cannot be overstated.  Don’t be afraid to serve it with any main course including hearty red meats, especially when dining with Chardonnay lovers.  It is not the most expensive wine on any restaurant’s wine list, but it will always be a favorite.  Did I mention it goes well with chocolate?

POSTED: 11/22/11 at 10:05 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment