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Clos du Val Chardonnay California 2008

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One of the earliest wineries in the now famous Stag’s Leap district, Clos du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman John Goelet and French-born winemaker Bernard Portet. Bernard’s father had been manager at Chateau Lafite, where he and his brother Dominique (ex Taltarni) were raised. Clos du Val began life as 150 acres of vineyards on some of the finest land in the Stag’s Leap district.The winemaking team now led by John Clewes are building further on an already outstanding reputation, utilising the very best Napa fruit to produce handcrafted, estate wines famed for their balance, elegance and complexity. 'Clos Du Val Chardonnay' is pale gold in color with a green tinge. The wine has aromas of pear, white peach and citrus. The citrus appears again on the palate, where it is met by flavors even more fruit - tropical notes, melon and green apple - with a hint of vanilla and cream. This rich, full bodied Chardonnay exhibits the balance and elegance that are characteristic of Clos Du Val style. Fruit, oak and acidity meld together, resulting in a wine that complements food and culminates in a long, crisp finish. Nothing can beat the Clos du Val Chardonnay with smoked salmon or trout. Delicious!

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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

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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
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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One of the earliest wineries in the now famous Stag’s Leap district, Clos du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman John Goelet and French-born winemaker Bernard Portet. Bernard’s father had been manager at Chateau Lafite, where he and his brother Dominique (ex Taltarni) were raised. Clos du Val began life as 150 acres of vineyards on some of the finest land in the Stag’s Leap district.The winemaking team now led by John Clewes are building further on an already outstanding reputation, utilising the very best Napa fruit to produce handcrafted, estate wines famed for their balance, elegance and complexity. 'Clos Du Val Chardonnay' is pale gold in color with a green tinge. The wine has aromas of pear, white peach and citrus. The citrus appears again on the palate, where it is met by flavors even more fruit - tropical notes, melon and green apple - with a hint of vanilla and cream. This rich, full bodied Chardonnay exhibits the balance and elegance that are characteristic of Clos Du Val style. Fruit, oak and acidity meld together, resulting in a wine that complements food and culminates in a long, crisp finish. Nothing can beat the Clos du Val Chardonnay with smoked salmon or trout. Delicious!

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