Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros 1994
Spring arrived in February, and the weather stayed mild throughout the summer. The crop was very light, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon, as a result of the cold spring weather from the previous year. Early bud break combined with a small crop led to the earliest start to harvest in Clos Du Val’s history, August 11. The weather was cooler in August, but a series of heat spells in September caused some dehydration in the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The overall quality proved to be very good with exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as some very powerful Cabernet Sauvignon.
Editorial Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros
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
Very youthful wine for how old it is, but I guess 1994 was a great vintage. Very well integrated tannins and nice fresh fruit. A bit of old wine smell on the nose. Lots of red fruit on the palate and pleasing cherry aftertaste.
Eucalyptus nose - very refined and mineral. Cassis notes, but also green peppers. A real 'bordeaux' style wine.
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In my top ten of pinots. Truly memorable in its simple and pleasant fruitiness.
External Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros
These wines seem to sing the same song... compressed, sterile, one-dimensional, innocuous Cabernets that lack texture, aromatics, and soul... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1994 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml