Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2004
"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... "
Excellent Napa Pinot. Deep cherry fruit with strong almond notes. Fruity as all hell.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.