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Clos du Val Merlot 2015

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Dark blackberry and cedar aromas with more than a hint of dark ripe black cherry and earthy herbal eucalyptus notes. Flavors are much brighter and focussed, with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum and licorice. Finishes with a touch of dark chocolate and a dollop of cream.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/06/2014

Dark blackberry and cedar aromas with more than a hint of dark ripe black cherry and earthy herbal eucalyptus notes. Flavors are much brighter and focussed, with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum and licorice. Finishes with a touch of dark chocolate and a dollop of cream.


Member Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot

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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,597
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: LCLindley
46103227
2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2008

Two glasses


Snooth User: coopscooper
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/24/2013

Needed time to open. A little flat


Snooth User: kadlena
953963226
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/21/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: CheloSpahn
1144627499
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/24/2012

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


Snooth User: dennisseaman
128272115
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/03/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: seadevi
84458115
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/29/2009

Needs to breathe a bit before drinking. Balanced but lacked the punch of the big reds that I prefer. Not a great value at $23.


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External Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot

External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/22/2016

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: The 2012 vintage provided us with perfect conditions to make this classic wine in our hallmark style. The color is an inky garnet hue and the nose opens to aromas of carob, red fruits and juicy plum. A creamy and complex core of chocolate, spice and purple fruits elevate the palate. The textures are juicy, and vibrant with tannins that are well integrated and perfectly approachable alone or with food. HARVEST: The 2012 harvest season came as a great blessing to us in Napa Valley. A calm and beautiful spring resulted in a large crop of fruit that ripened slowly and evenly through a near perfect season. Temperatures in the summer were consistent and warm, resulting in great fruit flavors in all varietals. As we approached fall, it was apparent this would be one of the largest crops we have seen in recent memory with incredible quality. We began harvest on August 31 with Sauvignon blanc. Fruit from our Carneros vineyard followed, culminating with picks of the Cabernet Sauvignon wrapping up at the end of October. HISTORY: Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val’s iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history. Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known. COMPOSITION: 98% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot AGING: 18 months in 25% new oak ACID: 5.4 g/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 14.1%


External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/19/2015

Characteristic of Clos Du Val's world-class style, the 2010 Merlot continues the winery's tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Full-bodied and deep plum in color, it offers complex yet vibrant aromas of black currant, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry complimented by a silky, lingering finish. - Winery APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 85% Merlot 7% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot FERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers daily AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels ACID: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.6 ALCOHOL: 13.5% SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loams AGE OF VINES: 19-28 years HARVESTED: September 1 - October 13, 2010 BOTTLING: June 2012 PRODUCTION: 8,000 cases produced


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/16/2013

Characteristic of Clos Du Val's world-class style, the 2010 Merlot continues the winery's tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Full-bodied and deep plum in color, it offers complex yet vibrant aromas of black currant, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry complimented by a silky, lingering finish. - WineryAPPELLATION: Napa ValleyCOMPOSITION:85% Merlot7% Cabernet Sauvignon4% Cabernet Franc4% Petit VerdotFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrelsACID: 5.6 g/LpH: 3.6ALCOHOL: 13.5%SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loamsAGE OF VINES: 19-28 yearsHARVESTED: September 1 - October 13, 2010BOTTLING: June 2012PRODUCTION: 8,000 cases produced


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/09/2013

Aromas of complex yet vibrant black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry punctuated with a silky, lingering finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/16/2013

Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2009 Merlot offers aromas of complex yet vibrant black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry punctuated with a silky, lingering finish. Enjoy this exceptional wine now and in years to come. - WineryAPPELLATION: Napa ValleyCOMPOSITION:76% Merlot18% Cabernet Sauvignon5% Cabernet Franc1% Petit VerdotFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrelsACID: 5.8 g/LpH: 3.6ALCOHOL: 13.5%SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loamsAGE OF VINES: 18-27 yearsHARVESTED: September 4 - October 6, 2009BOTTLING: June 2011PRODUCTION: 6,000 cases produced ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2008 02/16/2012

Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2008 Merlot offers aromas of complex black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish, enabling the wine to pair exceptionally well with roasted meats and poultry, braised beef or pork. Enjoy now and always. - WineryAPPELLATION: Napa ValleyCOMPOSITION: 88% Merlot12% Cabernet FrancFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels ACID: 5.8 g/LpH: 3.6ALCOHOL: 13.5%SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loamsAGE OF VINES: 17-26 yearsHARVESTED: August 27 to October 8, 2008BOTTLING: June 2010PRODUCTION: 6,000 cases produced


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/11/2011

WE: 91 Points RP: 86 Points


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