Sunday, May 31, 2009
Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Clos Du Bois Calcaire 2006
I am just going to begin by saying the Clos Du Bois Calcaire 2006 is probably the best Chardonnay I have ever had. Now I'll qualify that statement by saying I do not do white wine that often and that over the years have had probably less or near 100 different Chardonnays and that is really not that many.
Last evening my wife and I had dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Central New York, The Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville. Deciding on a wine was a bit difficult because my wife decided on having Duck while I had decided on the Scallops. Shirley finally gave up the Chianti(a nice choice for duck) for a Chardonnay, which I wanted with my Scallops.
Made me feel good, I don't win that often.
The wine list offered about nine different Chards. We decided on a mid-range priced California wine from Clos Du Bois. The meal was out of this world, but the best part of the entire evening was the wine.
Hand-selected from premium vineyards in Russian River Valley, the 2006 Calcaire exemplifies the crisp, fresh fruit flavors that make cool climate Chardonnay so appealing. Brilliant, silver-straw yellow in color, this Chardonnay exhibits generous citrus-laced aromas of apple blossom and pear, nutmeg and crème brulée. In the mouth it is creamy and rich, with ripe pear and apple fruit a splash of refreshing lemon and lime. Although ready to drink now, the vibrant acidity of this wine will reward additional cellar aging.
This barrel-selection cuvée comes from some of the Russian River Valley's most sought-after Chardonnay vineyards. Cooled by Pacific fog, the Russian River Valley's extended growing season makes it one of the world's ideal terroirs for nurturing extraordinary Chardonnay.
"Elegant, refined and focused, with a delicate mix of lime-citrus, melon and green apple flavors that are pure and complex, ending with subtle fruit and light oak shadings. Drink now through 2011."
I love opening a bottle of Chardonnay and immediately getting that pear and melon aroma.
Very complex, as every time I took a sniff there was something new. Shirley and I started taking notes as we drank the wine with our bread and dip while waiting for our appetizer. She would get green apple then a hint of vanilla or melon, while I was getting citrus and a bit of honeysuckle.
The finish was nothing short of extraordinaire. Very well balanced and perfect with my Scallops.
Shirley also loved the wine with her Duck.
The restaurant price on the bottle was $39, so I assumed I would be able to find just under $20.
But searching on line I found it between $13 and $15. Definitely a wine I am going to stock up on. I have always enjoyed the French Meursault and some Pouilly Fuisse, but the Clos Du Bois Calcaire is now on top of my Chardonnay list. And at $15 a bottle,
Take it from a novice: Great Buy