Clos du Val Chardonnay 2010

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2005 Carneros Chardonnay Pale gold in color with a green tinge, the 2005 estate Chardonnay greets the nose with aromas of pear, peach and citrus, as well as some sweet toast. In the mouth, the wine is alive with the vibrant flavors of concentrated fruit, with a hint of toast. A full bodied wine, this Chardonnay shows excellent balance and exhibits a long, crisp finish. APPELLATION: Carneros COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay FERMENTATION: 100% barrel fermented AGING: 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new ACID: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.5 ALCOHOL: 13.5% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: clay loam on fractured bedrock AGE OF VINES: average age 15 years old HARVESTED: September 1 – October 13, 2005 BOTTLING: August 2 – August 16, 2006 PRODUCTION: 13,000 cases produced RELEASE DATE: April 2007 Early budbreak in February was followed by a cool March and April with above-average rainfall. A heat spike in May actually burned some leaves, but the quality of the fruit was not affected. June was cool again, with the highest rainfall in history. Vineyards on heavy ground suffered with excessive vigor and extremely high mildew pressure. July and August were cool, but August 29 to 31 were extremely hot and caused some Pinot Noir dehydration and vine stress. The first week in September was unusually cool again. Then the Indian summer began and continued into November. Harvest started August 29 with Sauvignon Blanc and finished October 24 with Cabernet Sauvignon. In general, the wines are exceptional, with ripe flavors and very well balanced acids and tannins. An excellent Clos Du Val year.

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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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Member Reviews for Clos du Val Chardonnay

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Snooth User: andredegrace
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3.00 5
07/16/2012

Tasted at the winery. A good balance of oak age and vibrancy, pear, apple, vanilla and quite crisp. A good showcase for Carneros AVA chardonnay.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.00 5
11/29/2013

Three glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Val Chardonnay

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
11/28/2012

For almost four decades Clos du Val has been producing exceptional Chardonnays from their estate vineyards in the the Carneros region. French Winemaker Bernard Portet secured 180 acres of prime Carneros vineyard property back in the early 70's which have been the basis for the legacy this winery holds today. The 2010, crafted by today' s winemakers, John Clews and Kristy Melton is made in the French style with barrel fermentation and 10 months aging in 20% new oak. It shows rich tropical fruit, baked apple and pear with ripe, expressive flavors of peach and apricot. The mouthfeel is full and rich, accented by bright citrus and a hint of oak on a long finish.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
10/31/2012

Clos Du Val Chardonnay is Estate Grown and very classic Napa Valley style. Rich and creamy with ripe tropical fruit character, butterscotch notes, and well-integrated oak.


External Review
10/04/2012

This 2006 Chardonnay greets the nose with aromas of pear, peach and citrus, as well as some sweet toast. A full-bodied wine that shows excellent balance and is alive with vibrant flavors of concentrated fruit with just a hint of toast and has a long, crisp finish.


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01/30/2014

This Clos du Val Chardonnay greets the nose with aromas of pear, peach and citrus, as well as some sweet toast. Clos du Val Chardonnay is a full-bodied wine that shows excellent balance and is alive with vibrant flavors of concentrated fruit with just a hint of toast and has a long, crisp finish.



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2005 Carneros Chardonnay Pale gold in color with a green tinge, the 2005 estate Chardonnay greets the nose with aromas of pear, peach and citrus, as well as some sweet toast. In the mouth, the wine is alive with the vibrant flavors of concentrated fruit, with a hint of toast. A full bodied wine, this Chardonnay shows excellent balance and exhibits a long, crisp finish. APPELLATION: Carneros COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay FERMENTATION: 100% barrel fermented AGING: 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% new ACID: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.5 ALCOHOL: 13.5% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: clay loam on fractured bedrock AGE OF VINES: average age 15 years old HARVESTED: September 1 – October 13, 2005 BOTTLING: August 2 – August 16, 2006 PRODUCTION: 13,000 cases produced RELEASE DATE: April 2007 Early budbreak in February was followed by a cool March and April with above-average rainfall. A heat spike in May actually burned some leaves, but the quality of the fruit was not affected. June was cool again, with the highest rainfall in history. Vineyards on heavy ground suffered with excessive vigor and extremely high mildew pressure. July and August were cool, but August 29 to 31 were extremely hot and caused some Pinot Noir dehydration and vine stress. The first week in September was unusually cool again. Then the Indian summer began and continued into November. Harvest started August 29 with Sauvignon Blanc and finished October 24 with Cabernet Sauvignon. In general, the wines are exceptional, with ripe flavors and very well balanced acids and tannins. An excellent Clos Du Val year.

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