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Clos du Val Pinot Noir 2012

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From Clos du Val's Classic Series, this 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir is a brilliant ruby in color and offers aromas of bright raspberry, redcurrant and nutmeg on the nose. On the palate, flavors of pomegranate, vanilla, and cola with soft tannins, silky texture, excellent structure and a long, lingering finish.

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

External Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
03/20/2015

For almost four decades Clos du Val has been producing distinctive Napa Valley Cabernets from their estate vineyards in the Stag's Leap District and beyond. French Winemaker Bernard Portet secured prime vineyard property back in the early 70's which have been the basis for the legacy this winery holds today. In the outstanding 2012 vintage everything went right in the Napa Valley which was very good for Clos Du Val since they farm 350 acres of estate vineyards in Stag's Leap, Yountville and Carneros. 61% of the fruit for this 2012 Cab came from estate vineyards. It's a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It spent 18 months in 25% new oak barrels and 8 months in the bottle softening. It show an array of aromas including black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of cherry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
05/06/2015

Opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and purple fruit, black pepper and subtle hints of toast. The palate displays a seamless integration of intense flavors that include chocolate, toffee and blackberry. The wine has a rich yet powerful mouthfeel marked by focused, silky tannins and a long, lingering finish.



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From Clos du Val's Classic Series, this 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir is a brilliant ruby in color and offers aromas of bright raspberry, redcurrant and nutmeg on the nose. On the palate, flavors of pomegranate, vanilla, and cola with soft tannins, silky texture, excellent structure and a long, lingering finish.

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