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2004 Napa Valley Merlot The 2004 Merlot has a deep purple center with a garnet-tinged hue along the perimeter. Aromas...Read more...
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Deep lush black fruit throughout with almond and chocolate notes. Hints of burnt toast on finish. Read more
Tasty elegance of fruits mixed with pepper and spices. Aroma of berries and flowers. It's texture is rich, full-bodied and balanced. I would say me... Read more
Wine Tasting NotesThis Merlot has a purple-black center, surrounded by a garnet color along the perimeter. With complex black fruit, black olive, d... Read more
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Deep lush black fruit throughout with almond and chocolate notes. Hints of burnt toast on finish.
Tasty elegance of fruits mixed with pepper and spices. Aroma of berries and flowers. It's texture is rich, full-bodied and balanced. I would say medium complexity. Simply elegant!
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Wine Tasting NotesThis Merlot has a purple-black center, surrounded by a garnet color along the perimeter. With complex black fruit, black olive, dried herb and cassis aromas, this full bodied, smooth wine has flavors of spice, licorice, blackberry and dark plum. A complex yet approachable Merlot, this wine showcases a long, lingering finish and is an excellent example of Clos Du Vals classic style.
2004 Napa Valley Merlot The 2004 Merlot has a deep purple center with a garnet-tinged hue along the perimeter. Aromas of concentrated spice, black fruit, dried herbs and a touch of toast fill the nose. On the palate, the wine is rich and intense, displaying flavors of black fruit and herbs. This is a full bodied, complex Merlot, yet it is approachable, with soft, silky tannins and a lovely, lingering finish. The 2004 Merlot is an excellent example of Clos Du Val’s classic style. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 96% Merlot 4% Cabernet Sauvignon FERMENTATION: closed-top tanks with pumpovers; 24 days with skin contact AGING: 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% new ACID: 6.2 g/L pH: 3.64 ALCOHOL: 13.5% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: sandy loam with gravel bars AGE OF VINES: 11 years old HARVESTED: August 19 – September 15, 2004 BOTTLING: June 13 – June 23, 2006 PRODUCTION: 10,000 cases produced RELEASE DATE: April 2007 Spring arrived in February, and the weather stayed mild throughout the summer. The crop was very light, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon, as a result of the cold spring weather in 2003. Early bud break combined with a small crop led to the earliest start to harvest in Clos Du Val’s history, August 11.The weather was cooler in August, but a series of heat spells in September caused some dehydration in the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The overall quality proved to be very good with exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as some very powerful Cabernet Sauvignon.
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