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.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346478,892
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 11/06/2014

Smoky blackberry aromas with heaps of earth, black currant, black cherry and the lightest hint of mint. Elegant and smooth mouthfeel yielding toast and blackberry flavors, paired with a hint of tar, leather and earth, finishing clean and smooth, with good structure and earth backed by cinnamon and herb.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,724
4.00 5
Vintage: 1994 10/31/2008

Surprisingly intense aromatics jump from the glass with classic high tones of tobacco, vanilla and eucalyptus adding complexity to the core of lightly roasted raspberry and cassis fruits. With air complicating notes of cinnamon and mace add grace notes to the soft, warm aromatics. In the mouth this is very supple and round, with a youthful feel highlighted by succulent acidity and rich, polished tannins. Full of transparent cassis and currant fruit with an intriguing note of cocoa on the palate this epitomizes the restrained elegant style of Napa Valley Cabernet. The finish is long and refreshing ending with a finale of earthy baking spice. Both classy and classic, this is a lovely example of balanced, ripe cabernet that would be right at home being served with a fine prime rib or even Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. 92pts


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346478,892
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Ivesreeves
1163949143
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/30/2012

So glad I cellared this as it needed a year or two. Delightful fruit up front, raspberry pie (without whipped cream) and earthy notes on nose. Medium bodied, the tasting notes do not belie the fruity bouquet, instead intensify them. Add a touch of minerality - crushed turquoise - near the finish for wine which receives a passing B+ from this veteran taster.


Snooth User: andredegrace
1118399309
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/25/2012

Tasted at winery. A superbe pinot noir that has very fresh red berries and hints of spices, both, on the nose and the palate. It has quite a punch too that leads me to believe it would go better, at this stage, with food.


Snooth User: kevsipe
701626222
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2013

drink between 2012 - 202012/27/2012 - PIGLET THE BRAVE WROTE: 89 Points good drinkable cab. too tight upon opening so let it breathe for an hour. black fruit on nose and palate, lightly tannic. good with food. a nice everyday wine. Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment Options 11/27/2012 - LIFEBREATH WROTE: 88 Points Closed initially. Started giving up some nose and fruit at 10 minutes. A bit thin, but pleasant, with firm tannins. Decent acidity to pair with a meal. A solid 88-89 wine and decent value. I prefer Freemark Abbey for an "every day" cabernet. Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment Options 11/9/2012 - JTINTO LIKES THIS WINE: 89 Points Exceeded my expectations. Great value in sub $30 Napa Cabernet. Would definitely buy again. 1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comments (1) Options 10/8/2012 - LHH001 WROTE: 92 Points Fantastic for the price - very nice nose. Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment Options 10/8/2012 - MIKEV101 WROTE: 92 Points My new favorite sub-30.00 Napa Cab...will be picking up more for sure.


Snooth User: susanna13
121397042
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/24/2013

Eugene brought this very light. Went well with ribs.


Snooth User: dennisseaman
128272115
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/03/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: YouBooze
1103047147
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 06/04/2012

One of my go-to Napa Cabs, especially because it is actually a Bordeaux style blend that is Cab dominant. It has a reddish-purple color that has aromas of heavy dark fruit along with hints of oak and spice. The palate is extremely complex with intense flavors of dark cherries, toffee, cocoa - these flavors are powerful yet very soft and refined tannins remain as finish your glass. Enjoy with a steak or ,hell, by itself.


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External Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir

External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

Aromas of berries, cherry and spice, with just a hint of vanillin. Flavors of ripe red berries and warm cinnamon


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe cool vintage of 2011 allowed us a rather different approach in the vineyard than we normally get to have. Cool temperatures allowed a long hang time of fruit on the vine, contributing to ripe, yet elegant aromatics. It has notes of chocolate, blackberry and fresh black pepper on the nose. The textures are far silkier than recent vintages, creating a vibrant wine with flavors of toffee, vanilla, blueberry and currant. The tannins are well integrated, creating a wine for which Clos Du Val is known; balanced, elegant, and classic.HARVESTHarvest 2011 will go down as one of the most interesting and educational vintages in recent memory. An incredibly cool and wet spring had a big hand in reducing crop size, particularly in Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.With a light crop and a continued cool summer, the grapes ripened slowly and evenly through the season and into the fall months. Harvest began a few weeks later than normal, on September 12 with Yountville Sauvignon Blanc. Many of our top SLD and Carneros blocks were harvested before an unseasonable bout of rain began in late September. The continued showers and cool weather gave our winemakers many opportunities to be in the vineyard and evaluate ever changing conditions. With the latest ever conclusion to harvest on November 1, the winemaker is incredibly happy with a small, high quality vintage.HISTORYClos Du Val, French for small vineyard estate of a small valley, was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Vals iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.COMPOSITION: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Merlot7% Cabernet Franc2.5% Petit Verdot0.5% Petite SirahFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrelsAGE OF VINES: 12-29 yearsACID: 5.9 g/LpH: 3.67ALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 01/14/2015

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS The cool vintage of 2011 allowed us a rather different approach in the vineyard than we normally get to have. Cool temperatures allowed a long hang time of fruit on the vine, contributing to ripe, yet elegant aromatics. It has notes of chocolate, blackberry and fresh black pepper on the nose. The textures are far silkier than recent vintages, creating a vibrant wine with flavors of toffee, vanilla, blueberry and currant. The tannins are well integrated, creating a wine for which Clos Du Val is known; balanced, elegant, and classic. HARVEST Harvest 2011 will go down as one of the most interesting and educational vintages in recent memory. An incredibly cool and wet spring had a big hand in reducing crop size, particularly in Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.With a light crop and a continued cool summer, the grapes ripened slowly and evenly through the season and into the fall months. Harvest began a few weeks later than normal, on September 12 with Yountville Sauvignon Blanc. Many of our top SLD and Carneros blocks were harvested before an unseasonable bout of rain began in late September. The continued showers and cool weather gave our winemakers many opportunities to be in the vineyard and evaluate ever changing conditions. With the latest ever conclusion to harvest on November 1, the winemaker is incredibly happy with a small, high quality vintage. HISTORY Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val’s iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history. COMPOSITION: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 2.5% Petit Verdot 0.5% Petite Sirah FERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers daily AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels AGE OF VINES: 12-29 years ACID: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.67 ALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 12/27/2014

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/20/2013

Dark black fruit aromas and a hint of toast. Flavors of cassis, coffee and blackcurrant balanced with firm tannins.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 07/21/2014

This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant and cherry. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature bing cherry and cola. An elegant and lingering finish makes it a perfect wine for food, but especially for enjoying by the glass. - WineryAGING: 14 months in French oak barrels, 20% new barrelsACID: 5.4 g/LpH: 3.68ALCOHOL: 13.5% ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 09/13/2013

This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant and cherry. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature bing cherry and cola. An elegant and lingering finish makes it a perfect wine for food, but especially for enjoying by the glass. - WineryAGING: 14 months in French oak barrels, 20% new barrelsACID: 5.4 g/LpH: 3.68ALCOHOL: 13.5%


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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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