Clos Du Val
2010 Napa Valley Merlot
California: Napa Valley
Cab Lover's Dream
Today’s Clos Du Val 2010 Napa Valley Merlot is a Cab lover’s delight. Elegant and subdued, this is what Merlot should be.
Best decanted, this wine truly rewards a little patience. Blueberry, sweet tobacco leaf, and espresso bean leap from the glass, eagerly inviting you to take that first sip. And, boy, once this wine hits your tongue, you’ll be hooked. A heady blend of dark fruit, sweet terroir, and subtle herbal tea combine to create an absolutely luxurious and refined wine.
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Super dark crimson, with flecks of magenta in the heart of the glass.
Lush on the nose, with black currant, black cherry, and blueberry initially leaping from the glass. These are quickly trailed by fresh spring garden, clove, juniper berry, lilac, and subtle green peppercorn.
Concentrated and robust on the palate, with elegant notes of sweet plum, boysenberry, and blueberry mingling with espresso bean, sweet tobacco leaf, lavender, and a touch of herbal black tea.
This wine will reward you with decanting. Once the wine opens up, you’ll be greeted by a pleasant, slight tartness on the initial finish, with dark fruit slowly fading away and a hint of green peppercorn spice remaining.
Slowly braised pork shoulder served alongside roasted carrots and red potatoes.
What the Winery Says
Characteristic of Clos Du Val’s world-class style, the 2010 Merlot continues the winery’s tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Full-bodied and deep plum in color, it offers complex yet vibrant aromas of black currant, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry complemented by a silky, lingering finish.
- Kristy Melton
- Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
- 18 months in French oak, 25% new
About the Winery
40 years ago, Clos Du Val Winery was founded on the honored principles of individuality and independence which guide us to this day.
Being Vindependent means we remain proudly defiant of passing trends and influences, steadfast in our commitment to crafting refined wines of elegance and balance, reflective not of winemaker ‘magic’, but rather as a fluent expression of the varietal and terroir from which our wines are born.