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Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley 2004

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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 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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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

Member Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Goodier Imports
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0.00 5
05/07/2010

Deep lush black fruit throughout with almond and chocolate notes. Hints of burnt toast on finish.


Snooth User: lrgriffing
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4.00 5
02/15/2008

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!


Snooth User: daSn0wie
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3.50 5
08/03/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Clos Du Val Merlot 2004 and all other wine from Clos Du Val are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

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.



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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 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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