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Clos du Val Chardonnay 2015

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Clos du Val, Chardonnay, 2015

3.3711475409836 5 0.5
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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 Chardonnay

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,332
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/06/2014

Slightly heated aromas of red apples, melon, meyer lemon, and toast. Warm tropical fruit flavors of papaya and pineapple ride alongside more lemon. Finishes toasty and a bit yeasty.


Member Reviews for Clos du Val Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,332
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 11/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: andredegrace
1118399309
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/16/2012

Tasted at the winery. A good balance of oak age and vibrancy, pear, apple, vanilla and quite crisp. A good showcase for Carneros AVA chardonnay.


Snooth User: thcrawford
8488168
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 08/26/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: CheloSpahn
1144627499
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/26/2012

My favorite chardonnay from Napa Valley. With a ligth gold color, hints of toast bread and malolactic aromas combined with tropical fruits like pinneaple and passion fruit. In mouth it has a very rich body, unctuous and medium acidity. Perfect Chardonnay!


Snooth User: luvogt
502548186
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/27/2011

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: cgreg27
14610961
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/23/2009

On the nose get a slight feel of toasted oak, marshmallow but slight compared to a bit stronger green apple. More buttery on the nose than on the palate. Get a bigger toasted marshmallow feel on the palate, minerality on the front with a soft mid palate but definite 'mallow on the finish, yet isnt long.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/19/2009

This is the style of chard that I like. It is not so over the top buttery. And the acidity remains crisp which means that there was less malolactic fermentation.


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External Reviews for Clos du Val Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/20/2015

Presents a lively mix of citrus, green apple, melon and pear flavors. Very clean and refreshing, with the flavors lingering. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/20/2015

Full-bodied and resplendent in ripe apple and brioche, this well-crafted wine is layered and smooth. It would pair well with grilled salmon or herb-roasted chicken.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/04/2012

This 2006 Chardonnay greets the nose with aromas of pear, peach and citrus, as well as some sweet toast. A full-bodied wine that shows excellent balance and is alive with vibrant flavors of concentrated fruit with just a hint of toast and has a long, crisp finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2014

This Clos du Val Chardonnay greets the nose with aromas of pear, peach and citrus, as well as some sweet toast. Clos du Val Chardonnay is a full-bodied wine that shows excellent balance and is alive with vibrant flavors of concentrated fruit with just a hint of toast and has a long, crisp finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/28/2012

For almost four decades Clos du Val has been producing exceptional Chardonnays from their estate vineyards in the the Carneros region. French Winemaker Bernard Portet secured 180 acres of prime Carneros vineyard property back in the early 70's which have been the basis for the legacy this winery holds today. The 2010, crafted by today' s winemakers, John Clews and Kristy Melton is made in the French style with barrel fermentation and 10 months aging in 20% new oak. It shows rich tropical fruit, baked apple and pear with ripe, expressive flavors of peach and apricot. The mouthfeel is full and rich, accented by bright citrus and a hint of oak on a long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/31/2012

Clos Du Val Chardonnay is Estate Grown and very classic Napa Valley style. Rich and creamy with ripe tropical fruit character, butterscotch notes, and well-integrated oak.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 11/27/2012

The wine has aromas of pear, white peach and citrus. The palate is met with tropical fruit flavors, citrus and a hint of toast. This Chardonnay is rich, creamy and full bodied exhibiting balance and elegance that are characteristic of Clos Du Val's style.


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Clos du Val, Chardonnay, 2015

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