Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Winey Tasting Notes: Clos Du Bois Rouge Takes Away The Blues

The title of this post might be a little misleading. I'm not sad - not having a fit of the blues or anything. It's just that I really, really love the color blue. Ask the Winey Daughter, who reminds me constantly that the main color used to decorate our house is blue. (I counter with the fact that there are MANY shades of this color used around the house and that I haven't noticed it affecting her brain or her ability to shop or anything.) My eyes are blue. OK, I can't really do anything about that, but I do see the world through blue colored irises. A bright blue sky can make my mood soar. But I just had a wine that may make me change my mind about blue being my favorite color. It just might be changing to rouge.

red evening gown
Seriously, isn't this just
And by rouge, I do not mean red. No plain old paint the barn red here, folks. I mean ROUGE. The word that makes me think of France, red silk, lush red strawberries...and oh yeah, red wine. And by that I mean red wine as in Clos du Bois' latest red blend offering, Rouge (2010, 13.5%, CA).

I will admit that the first time I had a glimpse of this new wine was on.... Pinterest. Yup. I'm hooked. And I follow the Clos du Bois folks because they put up such darn pretty pictures! When they introduced Rouge, I could NOT get enough of the red dresses they pinned in celebration of the release. Shallow? Hah! I call it fashion forward. Or "fashion I wish I could afford". Either way....

picture of a bottle of Clos du Bois Rouge red blend wineAfter hearing about Rouge, it took me a bit to grab a bottle, but I'm so glad I did. As I have said many times, I am a big fan of red blends these days. But that also means that my red blend standards are pretty high, so you've got to bring an amazing blend to the table (or couch, depending on how the day as gone) to impress me. Well, this one did.

The nose was fragrant with strawberries, raspberries and touch of smokey oak. And the taste? WOW! Strawberry followed by a touch of oak and a teeny bit of cocoa. Just enough cocoa to make me very, very happy and conjure up images of chocolate dipped strawberries. It finishes with some soft, supple tannins. The whole feel of this wine is of deep red velvet. Such a smooth, easy to drink red. I'd recommend it for any occasion and am going to have to add it to my "favorite" list of red blends. I found this for $9.99 at a local store - so let's add it to the frugal sipping hall of fame, shall we?

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the advice on the Mirassou! It's a good 'transitional' wine-less sweet than I normally drink but not too dry. -Michelle Zwank-WP Mom


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