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Clos Du Val Merlot 2007

Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

81% Merlot,12% Cabernet Sauvignon,5% Cabernet Franc,2% Petit Verdot.

Dark ruby in color like a garnet, the 2007 Merlot offers aromas of complex black fruit, andMediterranean spices, black olives, and a hint of toast. This full bodied wine is packed withintense black fruit flavors, as well as notes of spice, and a hint of toast. The mouthfeel is rich,with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish. A wonderful wine for festive meals.

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A very pretty Merlot, and a good price for the elegant quality. It’s dry and tannic, showing the Clos du Val style of controlled, somewhat aloof ripeness. There’s a rich, attractive core of black cherry fruit. Will develop for a few years, but it’s really best now, with a brief decant.
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Clos Du Val, California
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Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972, an era that wine writer Hugh Johnson referred to as “the turning point in modern wine history.” Two years before, the Goelet family tasked talented French-born winemaker Bernard Portet with finding vineyard land, anywhere in the world, capable of producing a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

Clos Du Val’s legendary debut Cabernet Sauvignon was one of only six California Cabernets selected for the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting, where California defeated some of Bordeaux’s finest wines. Ten years later, Clos Du Val’s reputation for creating some of Napa Valley's most gracefully age-worthy wines was solidified, when its 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon took first place in the Judgment of Paris rematch.

Still family-owned today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville appellations and continues to craft wines of balance and complexity, showcasing the fruit from the outstanding terroir on which the estate lies.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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