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Clos du Val Merlot 2006

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One of the earliest wineries in the now famous Stag’s Leap district, Clos du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman John Goelet and French-born winemaker Bernard Portet. Bernard’s father had been manager at Chateau Lafite, where he and his brother Dominique (ex Taltarni) were raised. Clos du Val began life as 150 acres of vineyards on some of the finest land in the Stag’s Leap district. The winemaking team now led by John Clewes are building further on an already outstanding reputation, utilising the very best Napa fruit to produce handcrafted, estate wines famed for their balance, elegance and complexity. Dark ruby in color with a garnet center, this Merlot offers aromas of black fruit, black olives, dried herbs and cassis. This full bodied wine is packed with intense black fruit flavors, as well as notes of spice, forest floor and a hint of toast. The mouthfeel is rich, with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish. Enjoy this Merlot with braised chicken, cold duck, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal, liver, venison, meat casseroles.

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Clos Du Val:
From France to California In 1970, American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory to grow world-class wines. In 1972, they co-founded Clos Du Val in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. The name means "small estate of a small valley". The estate is situated amongst 150-acres of vines beneath the famous palisades ... Read more
From France to California In 1970, American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory to grow world-class wines. In 1972, they co-founded Clos Du Val in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. The name means "small estate of a small valley". The estate is situated amongst 150-acres of vines beneath the famous palisades of Stags Leap, known for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In 1973, Clos Du Val became one of the first wineries to stake a claim on the finest hillside terroir in Carneros, now recognized for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and today farms 180 acres for its estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Clos Du Val's old-world approach to winemaking combined with extraordinary Napa Valley fruit established Clos Du Val's tradition of classic estate wines with balance, elegance, complexity and longevity. Bernard's inagural 1972 vintage was one of only six California Cabernets selected for the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting. The same vintage took first place in a rematch ten years later, proving that Clos Du Val wines stand the test of time. Today, winemaker John Clews runs day-to-day winery and vineyards operations, working closely with vineyard manager Al Wagner to farm the land gently and sustainably. Once the grapes are harvested, John and Bernard make blending decisions together to produce a renowned portfolio of wines which are truly expressive of the terroir from which they came. Read less
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Snooth User: CheloSpahn
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4.50 5
10/24/2012

One of the best cabernet's you kind kind on Napa Valley!


External Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Clos Du Val Merlot 2006 and all other wine from Clos Du Val are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2011

WE: 91 Points RP: 86 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/16/2012

A lovely Merlot, showing a French influence in its Bordeaux-like delicacy and earthiness. Feels elegant in the mouth, a supple, lightly oaked wine with layers of cherries, tobacco, cedar and sage. Good value. S.H. Also fairly priced, the 2006 Merlot is a blend of 77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by notes of mocha, cocoa, chocolate, berries, and a touch of herbs. Consume this medium-bodied Merlot over the next 7-10 years. ** SOLD OUT **



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One of the earliest wineries in the now famous Stag’s Leap district, Clos du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman John Goelet and French-born winemaker Bernard Portet. Bernard’s father had been manager at Chateau Lafite, where he and his brother Dominique (ex Taltarni) were raised. Clos du Val began life as 150 acres of vineyards on some of the finest land in the Stag’s Leap district. The winemaking team now led by John Clewes are building further on an already outstanding reputation, utilising the very best Napa fruit to produce handcrafted, estate wines famed for their balance, elegance and complexity. Dark ruby in color with a garnet center, this Merlot offers aromas of black fruit, black olives, dried herbs and cassis. This full bodied wine is packed with intense black fruit flavors, as well as notes of spice, forest floor and a hint of toast. The mouthfeel is rich, with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish. Enjoy this Merlot with braised chicken, cold duck, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal, liver, venison, meat casseroles.

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