Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley 2003
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: 28Â°
Black fruit is evident. Notes of Vanilla and Hazelnut.
External Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley
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.