Clos du Val Yettalil Red 2019
|California, Napa Valley
|Clos du Val
A Bordeaux-inspired blend, the 2019 Yettalil Red Wine is considerably darker, deeper and richer than the Napa Valley Cabernet. Scents of cassis, pencil shavings, loam and mocha all appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is expansive and velvety without getting jammy or overly broad. Perhaps most important, for a wine that will presumably be consumed along savory dishes, it's nicely savory itself, with earthy notes and gentle tannins punctuating the long finish.
The 2019 Yettalil is new flagship wine in this range that replaces the Three Graces. Delecate and understated, the 2019 is not particularly expressive today. There is a bit of tightness that suggests the 2019 is recovering from its recent bottling. Even so, my impression is that this is a work in progress.
Shows solidly ripe plum, cassis and cherry preserves, which have a loamy edge to them while maintaining nice definition through the tobacco- and cedar-accented finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2032. 1,756 cases made.
Tangy and dry in cranberry and blackberry, this structured, ageworthy wine combines a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Given 16 months in a majority of new French oak, it is full bodied and dense, with strong notes of toasted oak and grippy tannin. Enjoy best 2029-2034.