Clos du Bois Proprietary Series wines represent the pinnacle of the Clos du Bois winemaking tradition. These wines are limited-production bottlings painstakingly nurtured from vineyard to bottle by winemaker Erik Olsen. Calcaire is an elegant expression of classic Chardonnay fruit and spice from the Russian River Valley, home to some of the world’s most extraordinary Chardonnay.
Fruit for this barrel-selection cuvée comes from some of the Russian River Valley’s most sought-after Chardonnay vineyards. Cooled by fog from the nearby Pacific, the Russian River Valley benefits from an extended growing season and significant day-night temperature swings that make it an ideal terroir for nurturing extraordinary Chardonnay.
Grapes for this Chardonnay were hand harvested, hand sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed in order to preserve their pure fruit flavors. Also to this end, only free-run and soft-pressed juice was ultimately used. At fermentation time, the wine was barrel fermented in 60% new French oak before undergoing malolactic fermentation to achieve a soft and silky mouthfeel. The wine was then aged in the barrel sur lie for eight months and hand-stirred every two weeks to encourage maximum flavor development.
Brilliant silver-gold in color, the 2007 Calcaire Chardonnay offers up intense layered aromas of pear, apple blossom, lemon custard, mandarin, and toast. On the palate, it is at once lively and full-bodied, marrying flavors of vibrant citrus zest with richer notes of baked apple, cinnamon, and crème brulée before a long finish. Although ready to drink now, this nuanced wine will develop additional complexity with cellar time.