The 2009 Clos du Bois North Coast Pinot Noir is the latest offering from this Sonoma County winery. I have been looking forwarsd to giving it a try as the Clos du Bois wines are my favorite pinot noirs at this particular price point. I have previously reviewed the 2006, 2007, and 2008 vintages and have been very impressed with this widely available and relatively inexpensive North Coast California pinot noir. If the past vintages are any guide, this 2009 will hit its best notes in about one year but until then it is quite drinkable. I’d aim to consume it before 2013 as it may lose some of the fruit after that time. Even then, if it is given some extra time to breathe it ought to still be a good wine.
The 2009 is not quite as flavorful as the 2008 vintage and reminds me more of the 2006 vintage but with a very pronounced (and pleasant) liquorice aroma and taste. I will update this entry as the remaining bottles age to see if it starts to open up more.
Flavor and nose: mild berry taste, strong liquorice.
Aftertaste: Mild berry finish, with slight oak and more liquorice.
Purchased at Hy-Vee for about $14. Widely available.