2009 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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2009 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA, CA

Tasting Note:

Still fresh on the nose with plum, blackberry, graphite and a touch of alcohol. First pour, closed with a minimum of fruit. You can tell this wine needs time to open. After 30 mins, fruit-forward with subdued plum, black currant and blackberry and a mid-palate of subtle dark chocolate with a very short finish. The acidity is medium-high, but it is the tannin that is interesting. Softer than when young, although chewy and strangely mouth-filling without being very drying. Not unpleasant, but past its prime drinking window. Great value Napa Cab Blend when young. Losing a couple of rating points with age. Drink-up!

As I continue to drink more aged Napa Cab/Cab Blends at all price points, I am able to fine-tune a feel for drinkability and age-worthiness. Hind-sight is always 20/20, but this was a wine meant to drink in a 2012 – 2015 window (3-6 years of age). Looking back, there was not enough balance in the structure to go 10… I am finding the lower cost Napa Cab blends tapping out at around 5 years. The more recent higher quality releases have been hitting a wall at around 10-12 years of age. I have only tasted early 90’s wines that have lasted well, in a 15-20 year window.

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5 responses to “2009 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  1. I first enjoyed Clos Du Val in the mid-1990’s. The price was too good to last !

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  2. How true! Stags Leap AVA consistently produces some of the best fruit in Napa. CDV has done a much better job of producing great Napa values in the sub $50/btl price range, than “cult” quality wines in the >$75/btl range. Personally, I don’ think enough Napa producers focus on the sub $50 market. Just down the road from CDV is Baldacci Family Vineyards (much smaller family winery) and they produce some great reds at $40-$50/btl…

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    • David Reeck, retired from General Motors China

      Move over Napa and Sonoma ! The Umpqua Valley in SouthWest Oregon has emerged as a high quality and internationally recognized wine making region. I was fortunate to move here a few years ago. Great wine & low cost of living; with 24 wineries within a short drive ! And the scenery is beautiful ! You will want to learn about this area 🙂

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  4. I have 2 bottles of 1997 Clos Du Val Bernard Portet. I really want to open at least one. I think it’s time to splurge. Check out my Napa Valley wine and food blog. http://thewineho.net Enjoy… The Wine Ho

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