The 2007 Clos du Bois North Coast Pinot Noir is a very good pinot noir wine that is hitting its “drink now” point. If you allow it to aerate about 15 minutes it opens up tremendously. While not quite as fruity as the 2008 Clos du Bois I reviewed back in November, it is perhaps more refined. It is also a better wine right now than the earlier 2006 vintage which is moving past its prime and needs a considerable amount of time to breathe. I was so impressed with the 2008 that I’ve gone back several times to stock up on more. Right now the 2008 is more costly than the 2007 or 2006 as I suspect some distributors are unloading their stocks of the earlier vintages. Some readers may actually like the more mature complexity of the 2007 or 2006 over the youthful and fruity pop of the 2008. The wine has a definite oak taste that is well integrated in the tannins. I went back after the wine had aerated a bit and the berries are much more pronounced. Some people may like that aspect, actually. Tannins were not as pronounced as the 2006 and not unpleasant. If you have some 2007 resting in the back of the cellar, I’d recommend drinking it now. Based on the 2006, it may not get better with more age. Give the wine a bit of time to aerate before drinking. I do think that having now tried the 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages that I will be interested to try the 2009 when it comes out later this year.
Clos du Bois 2007 North Coast Pinot Noir
Flavor and nose: medium berries steeped in medium to light tannins and mild oak
Aftertaste: Moderate berry finish, with oak, vanilla, and tannins.
Purchased for about $14.