Clos du Bois crafted its first vintage in 1974 from 520 acres of grapes in Sonoma County's then little-known Alexander Valley. Since that time the Alexander Valley has become one of the world's most prestigious wine producing regions. Clos du Bois has also become one of the region's most renowned wineries, famous for elegant, soft and approachable wines.
The name, in case you wondered, reportedly originates from founder Frank Woods' plan to name the new winery "Woods Vineyard." His children, who were studying French at the time, suggested the more exotic "Clos du Bois" instead, which loosely translates to "enclosure in the woods."
The winery's premier releases in 1974 featured the Classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with a proprietor's reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. We introduced the Vineyard Designates program in 1978 with our red Bordeaux-style blend, Marlstone and Briarcrest. The whites, Calcaire and Flintwood, joined the series in 1979 and 1980.
We added Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to the Sonoma County Classic tier in the 1980s. Zinfandel rounded out that series in the early 1990s as the first wine added to the portfolio after the winery moved to its current Alexander Valley location, just outside the tiny town of Geyserville.
In the 1990s we created our special Appellation Reserve Series to explore the taste subtleties of particular wine growing regions — or appellations. That series launched with our Alexander Valle
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