Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley 2010

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APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 83% Merlot 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc FERMENTATION: closed-top t...

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Needed time to open. A little flat Read more

One of the best cabernet's you kind kind on Napa Valley! Read more

Needs to breathe a bit before drinking. Balanced but lacked the punch of the big reds that I prefer. Not a great value at $23. Read more

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Snooth User: coopscooper
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/24/2013

Needed time to open. A little flat


Snooth User: CheloSpahn
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/24/2012

One of the best cabernet's you kind kind on Napa Valley!


Snooth User: seadevi
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/29/2009

Needs to breathe a bit before drinking. Balanced but lacked the punch of the big reds that I prefer. Not a great value at $23.


Snooth User: jtryka
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/07/2013

The nose on this wine is very interesting, with some black fruit aromas up front, blackberries, plum, and a good bit of spice, all wrapped in some wonderful earthy aromas (for my friends who like that "barnyard" quality, this one has it in spades!). The taste has some lovely fruit up front that effortlessly transitions to dried herbs, anise and a bit of oak, the nicely structured tannins lend great support to a long, smooth and earthy finish. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/04/2005-clos-du-val-napa-valley-merlot.html


Snooth User: Goodier Imports
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 05/07/2010

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


Snooth User: lrgriffing
4359134
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 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: Goodier Imports
47330036
2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 05/07/2010

Black fruit is evident. Notes of Vanilla and Hazelnut.


External Reviews for Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/16/2013

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


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Source: NapaCabs.com
03/09/2013

Aromas of complex yet vibrant black fruit, 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 punctuated with a silky, lingering finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/16/2013

Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2009 Merlot offers aromas of complex yet vibrant black fruit, 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 punctuated with a silky, lingering finish. Enjoy this exceptional wine now and in years to come. - WineryAPPELLATION: Napa ValleyCOMPOSITION:76% Merlot18% Cabernet Sauvignon5% Cabernet Franc1% Petit VerdotFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrelsACID: 5.8 g/LpH: 3.6ALCOHOL: 13.5%SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loamsAGE OF VINES: 18-27 yearsHARVESTED: September 4 - October 6, 2009BOTTLING: June 2011PRODUCTION: 6,000 cases produced ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 02/16/2012

Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2008 Merlot offers aromas of complex black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish, enabling the wine to pair exceptionally well with roasted meats and poultry, braised beef or pork. Enjoy now and always. - WineryAPPELLATION: Napa ValleyCOMPOSITION: 88% Merlot12% Cabernet FrancFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels ACID: 5.8 g/LpH: 3.6ALCOHOL: 13.5%SOIL TYPE: gravelly clay loamsAGE OF VINES: 17-26 yearsHARVESTED: August 27 to October 8, 2008BOTTLING: June 2010PRODUCTION: 6,000 cases produced


External Review
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2010

Clos Du Val Merlot 2006 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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2012

A lovely Merlot, showing a French influence in its Bordeaux-like delicacy and earthiness. Feels elegant in the mouth, a supple, lightly oaked wine with layers of cherries, tobacco, cedar and sage. Good value. S.H. Also fairly priced, the 2006 Merlot is a blend of 77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by notes of mocha, cocoa, chocolate, berries, and a touch of herbs. Consume this medium-bodied Merlot over the next 7-10 years. ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2006 05/11/2011

WE: 91 Points RP: 86 Points


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Ratings & Tags for Clos du Val Merlot Napa Valley

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2006 05/03/2013

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2005 01/10/2010

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2005 08/18/2010

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2005 07/06/2009

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2005 06/08/2009

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2004 08/03/2008

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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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