Clos du Val Pinot Noir 2012
From Clos du Val's Classic Series, this 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir is a brilliant ruby in color and offers aromas of bright raspberry, redcurrant and nutmeg on the nose. On the palate, flavors of pomegranate, vanilla, and cola with soft tannins, silky texture, excellent structure and a long, lingering finish.
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For almost four decades Clos du Val has been producing distinctive Napa Valley Cabernets from their estate vineyards in the Stag's Leap District and beyond. French Winemaker Bernard Portet secured prime vineyard property back in the early 70's which have been the basis for the legacy this winery holds today. In the outstanding 2012 vintage everything went right in the Napa Valley which was very good for Clos Du Val since they farm 350 acres of estate vineyards in Stag's Leap, Yountville and Carneros. 61% of the fruit for this 2012 Cab came from estate vineyards. It's a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It spent 18 months in 25% new oak barrels and 8 months in the bottle softening. It show an array of aromas including black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of cherry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades.
Opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and purple fruit, black pepper and subtle hints of toast. The palate displays a seamless integration of intense flavors that include chocolate, toffee and blackberry. The wine has a rich yet powerful mouthfeel marked by focused, silky tannins and a long, lingering finish.
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