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Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros 1994

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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 Napa Valley Carneros

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,124
4.00 5
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


Member Reviews for Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros

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Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
4.00 5
01/02/2009

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.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
11/01/2008

Eucalyptus nose - very refined and mineral. Cassis notes, but also green peppers. A real 'bordeaux' style wine.


Snooth User: jbalas
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1.50 5
11/06/2008

I have not yet rated this wine


Snooth User: rosewino
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4.00 5
01/04/2009

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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/10/2013

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

These wines seem to sing the same song... compressed sterile one-dimensional innocuous Cabernets that lack texture aromatics and soul... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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.

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