Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley USA
Tasted March 2013
Appearance - clear and bright, medium plus intensity ruby. Some visible tears.
Nose - clean, gently developing aromas with medium plus intensity. Precise aromatics of black fruits, mainly black currant and black cherry, deep ripe hints of green bell pepper, some oaky vanilla and just a fresh trace of mint.
Palate - dry, medium acidity, medium plus level of fine, powdery tannins, slightly drying, medium alcohol and body. Medium plus flavour intensity, again focused on black fruits, cherry more evident than the black currant, ripe green bell pepper, some earthy undertones and traces of oaky vanilla.
Conclusions (16,25/20) - good quality wine showing well some of the grapes attributes but not that much Napa. Interesting aromatics, nice fruit weight, enters the palate showing juicy but cuts off on the mid palate with its slightly drying tannins. Nevertheless this gives it character and cuts through the ripeness. Could get mellower in a couple of years but is ready to drink now with a good 2 hour decanting.