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Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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From Clos du Val's Classic Series, this 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir is ruby in color and offers aromas of cherry, red currants, and spice on the nose. On the palate, flavors of berry fruit, vanilla, cola and spice with soft tannins and a long, well-balanced finish. This Napa Valley red will pair well with pork dishes.

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Clos Du Val:
From France to California In 1970, American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory to grow world-class wines. In 1972, they co-founded Clos Du Val in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. The name means "small estate of a small valley". The estate is situated amongst 150-acres of vines beneath the famous palisades ... Read more
From France to California In 1970, American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory to grow world-class wines. In 1972, they co-founded Clos Du Val in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. The name means "small estate of a small valley". The estate is situated amongst 150-acres of vines beneath the famous palisades of Stags Leap, known for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In 1973, Clos Du Val became one of the first wineries to stake a claim on the finest hillside terroir in Carneros, now recognized for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and today farms 180 acres for its estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Clos Du Val's old-world approach to winemaking combined with extraordinary Napa Valley fruit established Clos Du Val's tradition of classic estate wines with balance, elegance, complexity and longevity. Bernard's inagural 1972 vintage was one of only six California Cabernets selected for the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting. The same vintage took first place in a rematch ten years later, proving that Clos Du Val wines stand the test of time. Today, winemaker John Clews runs day-to-day winery and vineyards operations, working closely with vineyard manager Al Wagner to farm the land gently and sustainably. Once the grapes are harvested, John and Bernard make blending decisions together to produce a renowned portfolio of wines which are truly expressive of the terroir from which they came. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,944
4.00 5
11/06/2014

Smoky blackberry aromas with heaps of earth, black currant, black cherry and the lightest hint of mint. Elegant and smooth mouthfeel yielding toast and blackberry flavors, paired with a hint of tar, leather and earth, finishing clean and smooth, with good structure and earth backed by cinnamon and herb.


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,944
4.50 5
11/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


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Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe cool vintage of 2011 allowed us a rather different approach in the vineyard than we normally get to have. Cool temperatures allowed a long hang time of fruit on the vine, contributing to ripe, yet elegant aromatics. It has notes of chocolate, blackberry and fresh black pepper on the nose. The textures are far silkier than recent vintages, creating a vibrant wine with flavors of toffee, vanilla, blueberry and currant. The tannins are well integrated, creating a wine for which Clos Du Val is known; balanced, elegant, and classic.HARVESTHarvest 2011 will go down as one of the most interesting and educational vintages in recent memory. An incredibly cool and wet spring had a big hand in reducing crop size, particularly in Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.With a light crop and a continued cool summer, the grapes ripened slowly and evenly through the season and into the fall months. Harvest began a few weeks later than normal, on September 12 with Yountville Sauvignon Blanc. Many of our top SLD and Carneros blocks were harvested before an unseasonable bout of rain began in late September. The continued showers and cool weather gave our winemakers many opportunities to be in the vineyard and evaluate ever changing conditions. With the latest ever conclusion to harvest on November 1, the winemaker is incredibly happy with a small, high quality vintage.HISTORYClos Du Val, French for small vineyard estate of a small valley, was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Vals iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.COMPOSITION: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Merlot7% Cabernet Franc2.5% Petit Verdot0.5% Petite SirahFERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers dailyAGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrelsAGE OF VINES: 12-29 yearsACID: 5.9 g/LpH: 3.67ALCOHOL: 13.5%


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Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
11/20/2013

Aromas of berries, cherry and spice, with just a hint of vanillin. Flavors of ripe red berries and warm cinnamon



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From Clos du Val's Classic Series, this 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir is ruby in color and offers aromas of cherry, red currants, and spice on the nose. On the palate, flavors of berry fruit, vanilla, cola and spice with soft tannins and a long, well-balanced finish. This Napa Valley red will pair well with pork dishes.

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