Sunday, February 20, 2011
2007 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon
This vintage of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. It was aged for a total of 18 months in French oak barrels (25% new).
On the nose I get aromas of dark chocolate, black raspberry, savory spices, graphite, tar, hints of prune, leather, and scorched earth. The bouquet evolves brilliantly with time in the glass, which suggests that as this wine ages the aroma profile will continue to improve and develop.
On the palate I get flavors of black currant, graphite, crushed rock, dried herbs, mineral, and wood spice. There are some leathery tannins on the finish that really remind me of tasting this wine in vintages past. To me this wine has really never characterized femininity, but is more masculine and forceful in it's youth. There is some nice dry coco notes on the finish. 90 points
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