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Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

External Review by We Speak Wine:

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: This wine delivers everything we are looking for from a great vintage. The color is an inky purple hue and the wine has aromas of black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of berry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades. HARVEST: The 2012 harvest season came as a great blessing to us in Napa Valley. A calm and beautiful spring resulted in a large crop of fruit that ripened slowly and evenly through a near perfect season. Temperatures in the summer were consistent and warm, resulting in great fruit flavors in all varieties. As we approached fall, it was apparent this would be one of the largest crops we have seen in recent memory, with incredible quality. Harvesting of Cabernet began on September 20th with fruit from our estate vineyard in Stags Leap District. We continued at a calm and even pace until the end of October when the last fruit was brought into the winery. Fermentations quietly bubbled away in the cellar and we concluded harvest with the last pressing of fruit just days before Thanksgiving. HISTORY: Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the renowned Stags Leap District by Franco-American vintner John Goelet. The winery was first recognized for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976, establishing its place as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic winery estates. Still family-owned today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville appellations. Focusing on this diverse palette of fruit, Winemaker Kristy Melton makes elegantly structured wines notable for their balance, complexity, and vivid fruit character. - Winery COMPOSITION: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot (61% Estate Fruit) FERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers daily AGING: 18 months 25% new oak ACID: 5.1 g/L pH: 3.70 ALCOHOL: 14.1%

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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

External Reviews for Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/05/2015

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: This wine delivers everything we are looking for from a great vintage. The color is an inky purple hue and the wine has aromas of black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of berry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades. HARVEST: The 2012 harvest season came as a great blessing to us in Napa Valley. A calm and beautiful spring resulted in a large crop of fruit that ripened slowly and evenly through a near perfect season. Temperatures in the summer were consistent and warm, resulting in great fruit flavors in all varieties. As we approached fall, it was apparent this would be one of the largest crops we have seen in recent memory, with incredible quality. Harvesting of Cabernet began on September 20th with fruit from our estate vineyard in Stags Leap District. We continued at a calm and even pace until the end of October when the last fruit was brought into the winery. Fermentations quietly bubbled away in the cellar and we concluded harvest with the last pressing of fruit just days before Thanksgiving. HISTORY: Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the renowned Stags Leap District by Franco-American vintner John Goelet. The winery was first recognized for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976, establishing its place as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic winery estates. Still family-owned today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville appellations. Focusing on this diverse palette of fruit, Winemaker Kristy Melton makes elegantly structured wines notable for their balance, complexity, and vivid fruit character. - Winery COMPOSITION: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot (61% Estate Fruit) FERMENTATION: Traditional stainless steel tanks with 2 pumpovers daily AGING: 18 months 25% new oak ACID: 5.1 g/L pH: 3.70 ALCOHOL: 14.1%



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