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Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Estate Bottled 2004

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2004 SLD Cabernet Sauvignon Clos Du Val’s flagship estate wine, the 2004 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is deep purple-black in color and greets the nose with vibrant aromas of ripe black fruit balanced by a hint of dried herbs and toasty oak. The wine has a rich, powerful entry, filling the mouth with intense black fruit and spice. With its velvety-smooth tannins, this Cabernet illustrates Stags Leap District terroir. The long, lingering finish is characteristic of Clos Du Val’s winemaking style. Enjoy now or cellar for at least 10-15 years. APPELLATION: Stags Leap District COMPOSITION: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot FERMENTATION: 36 days with skin contact AGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new ACID: 6.3 g/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 14.1% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: gravelly loam AGE OF VINES: 9-10 years old HARVESTED: September 17 - October 3, 2004 BOTTLING: December 19, 2006 PRODUCTION: 4,300 cases produced (9L)

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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

Member Reviews for Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Estate Bottled

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4.00 5
12/14/2007

Fruit forward and slightly spicy, especially on the nose. Tastes of olives and chocolate with a nice mellow finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
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3.00 5
12/13/2007

A bit hot on the nose, however it had just been opened. A very dry, oaky wine. Some notes of black cherries. Still a bit tight and tart.


Snooth User: ahall
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3.50 5
12/13/2007

medium to full body wine, not too spicy, rich in black fruits like dried plums.


Snooth User: JustinYao
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4.00 5
12/14/2007

Yummy, with good fruit and spice.


Snooth User: cgreg27
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3.00 5
01/05/2010

finally got to understand "green peppers" on the nose with this wine, also got a big herb and spice feel on the nose and front...got big vegetal and alcohol on palate that made it harder to grasp the oak and fruit, not sure if it was acidity or tannins...possibly let it sit in the decanter for an hour or two...


Snooth User: lviv
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2.00 5
11/29/2009

Nice fruity wine, but overpriced for its merits


Snooth User: thcrawford
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3.00 5
08/26/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Estate Bottled

External Review
05/16/2009

Undurchlässiges Purpur-Granat. Viel schwarze Frucht und süsser Tabak in der warmen Nase, reife Brombeeren, schwarzer Holunder und Edelholz in allen Facetten, auch Kaffee und dezentes Karamell. Samtiger Gaumen mit fein gewobener Textur, reifes Tannin und angenehmer Schmelz, elegante Kandissüsse in der Mitte, wieder viel Brombeergelee und nun auch Pflaumenkompott, gute Balance bis ins lang anhaltende Finale. Ein grossartiger Napa mit Klasse, kann es problemlos mit der Bordeaux-Elite aufnehmen.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92 CELLAR SELECTIONThis is the winery's flagship wine, the one that made it famous decades ago. It hasn't changed much over the years. It's still tannic and austere in youth, requiring many years to develop. But it's a cellar guarantee, with a wealth of concentrated cassis and cedar flavors that are just waiting for those tannins to drop out. Best after 2010.Wine Tasting NotesThe Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos Du Vals flagship estate wine, has a deep purple hue that darkens to a black core. Black fruit with dried herbs, spice and a hint of game pervade the nose. On the palate, the wine explodes with rich, mouth-coating flavors of intense fruit. This full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has a solid middle, velvety tannins and a long finish. It is built to age and can be cellared for at least 10-15 years.



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2004 SLD Cabernet Sauvignon Clos Du Val’s flagship estate wine, the 2004 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is deep purple-black in color and greets the nose with vibrant aromas of ripe black fruit balanced by a hint of dried herbs and toasty oak. The wine has a rich, powerful entry, filling the mouth with intense black fruit and spice. With its velvety-smooth tannins, this Cabernet illustrates Stags Leap District terroir. The long, lingering finish is characteristic of Clos Du Val’s winemaking style. Enjoy now or cellar for at least 10-15 years. APPELLATION: Stags Leap District COMPOSITION: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot FERMENTATION: 36 days with skin contact AGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new ACID: 6.3 g/L pH: 3.65 ALCOHOL: 14.1% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: gravelly loam AGE OF VINES: 9-10 years old HARVESTED: September 17 - October 3, 2004 BOTTLING: December 19, 2006 PRODUCTION: 4,300 cases produced (9L)

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