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: Octob...

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Black fruit is evident. Notes of Vanilla and Hazelnut. Read more

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 yea... Read more

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Black fruit is evident. Notes of Vanilla and Hazelnut.


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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.


Winemaker's Notes:

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°

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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