Clos du Bois Marlstone 2011

Since its introduction in 1978, Marlstone has been recognized as one of Sonoma County's premier Bordeaux-style wines. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Vedot, winemaker Erik Olsen sources the fruit from throughout the Alexander Valley, allowing him to hand pick the best lots of each varietal to isolate for the Marlstone program. The production of Marlstone is restricted to ensure the wine fully expresses Erik's vision for this special blend. Crafted in the traditional style of the wines of Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the backbone of the Marlstone blend. Final varietal percentages are based on the wine's overall character and vary from vintage to vintage at the winemaker's discretion. Marlstone is smooth and balanced, with intense, concentrated fruit and aromas of cherry, cedar, tobacco and black olives. Enjoyable upon release, Marlstone can be further aged for up to 15 years after release, developing the rich complexity of a truly collectible wine. [+]