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Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley 2003

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Type of Harvest: manual Age of Barrel: 50% new, 50% one year Cork Material: portuguese cork Date of Harvest: October 10th Date of Bottling: 2005/05/05 Total Acidity: 4,6 g/l Aging Potential: 8 years Vinification Length: 15 days Alcohol Percentage: 13.7 % Aging Time: medium Level of Toast: medium Type of Vine: Merlot Vinification Temperature: 28°

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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: Goodier Imports
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2.50 5
05/07/2010

Black fruit is evident. Notes of Vanilla and Hazelnut.


External Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Clos du Val makes wines for the long haul. It so happens that this Merlot is built for short-term drinking – let’s say, over the next five, six years. But that’s not to be construed as a negative. Because this is an excellent wine, and when one factors in the price (what with the average cost of a Napa Valley red being 50 bucks these days), we have a good deal here.Winemaker John Clews has designed the wine utilizing perfectly ripened fruit from various locales in the valley – mostly from the Stags Leap District. There are aromas of cherries, strawberries and cassis. While there may not be great complexity, this Merlot has a lot going on and it will reward the consumer.The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels,25 percent of which were new. I also like the fact that the listed alcohol is 14.1 percent and it doesn’t reveal itself in any sort of hotness or grip. There were 5,250 cases produced, not a small number, but a quantity large enough that in the hands of a lesser winemaker, there wouldn’t be this attention to detail.



Type of Harvest: manual Age of Barrel: 50% new, 50% one year Cork Material: portuguese cork Date of Harvest: October 10th Date of Bottling: 2005/05/05 Total Acidity: 4,6 g/l Aging Potential: 8 years Vinification Length: 15 days Alcohol Percentage: 13.7 % Aging Time: medium Level of Toast: medium Type of Vine: Merlot Vinification Temperature: 28°

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