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Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2004

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"Red Wine Pinot Noir by Clos Du Val from Carneros, California. This 2004 Pinot Noir displays a deep ruby color that is darker than most Pinot Noir.Aromas of dense black spices, dark black cherry and blackberry pervade, with a hintof vanillin incorporated in the nose. Our Pinot Noir displays flavors of intense... "

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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 Pinot Noir Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Goodier Imports
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3.50 5
05/07/2010

Excellent Napa Pinot. Deep cherry fruit with strong almond notes. Fruity as all hell.


Snooth User: RichZin
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3.50 5
02/04/2010

After my father-in-law gifted me a case of wine from his stash, this Pinot Noir jumped up my list to the "drink right away" category. I was not sure if the wine would have lost all its character hanging in the bottle for that long. I must say my knowledge of Napa Pinot is a bit limited. The wine was very drinkable still, it was nice with a luscious velvety finish. The nose was a bit floral with a hint of A-1. I paired it with some roasted pork chops in a Pinot Balsamic pan sauce and the wine took on a new life. One thing I do know about Pinot, is that I love it with pork. I can't find this wine anywhere online, so the vintage must be completely out - but it is nice to get my say in.


External Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

This is the winery’s flagship wine, the one that made it famous decades ago. It hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s still tannic and austere in youth, requiring many years to develop. But it’s a cellar guarantee, with a wealth of concentrated cassis and cedar flavors that are just waiting for those tannins to drop out.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot spent 17 months in French oak, of which 50% was new. It possesses a deep ruby/purple color, attractive black currant fruit intermixed with notions of espresso and spice, more texture and richness than I found in the past, and a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. An impressive Clos du Val, it should age nicely for 10–15 more years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Herbal aromas. Reserved cassis fruit. Layered but not overpowering. Structured. Plump, super-concentrated fruit. Spicy and vigorous. Has plenty of drive. Not subtle but impressive . Good length.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Longtime producer Clos Du Val’s wines were up and down a few years back, but if the 2004 Stags Leap district Cabernet, which it released this year, is any indication of what’s ahead, wine buyers should definitely take note. Graceful and lightly minty, with red cherry fruit, it’s a lovely Stags Leap AVA red.



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