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Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley 2010
APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 83% Merlot 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc FERMENTATION: closed-top tanks with pumpovers; 24 days with skin contact AGING: 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% new ACID: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 13.5% SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loam AGE OF VINES: 10 years old HARVESTED: September 13 - October 11, 2005 BOTTLING: June 2007 PRODUCTION: 14,000 cases produced RELEASE DATE: April 2008 Early budbreak in February was followed by a cool March and April with above-average rainfall. A heat spike in May actually burned some leaves, but the quality of the fruit was not affected. June was cool again, with the highest rainfall in history. Vineyards on heavy ground suffered with excessive vigor and extremely high mildew pressure. July and August were cool, but August 29 to 31 were extremely hot and caused some Pinot Noir dehydration and vine stress. The first week in September was unusually cool again. Then the Indian summer began and continued into November. Harvest started August 29 with Sauvignon Blanc and finished October 24 with Cabernet Sauvignon. In general, the wines are exceptional, with ripe flavors and very well balanced acids and tannins. An excellent Clos Du Val year.
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Characteristic of Clos Du Val's world-class style, the 2010 Merlot continues the winery's tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Full-bodied and deep plum in color, it offers complex yet vibrant aromas of black currant, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry complimented by a silky, lingering finish. - WineryAPPELLATION: Napa ValleyCOMPOSITION:85% Merlot7% Cabernet Sauvignon4% Cabernet Franc4% Petit VerdotFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrelsACID: 5.6 g/LpH: 3.6ALCOHOL: 13.5%SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loamsAGE OF VINES: 19-28 yearsHARVESTED: September 1 - October 13, 2010BOTTLING: June 2012PRODUCTION: 8,000 cases produced