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Clos du Val Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: We’ve been producing exceptional, classically styled Pinot Noir from our estate vineyard in Carneros for decades. The bountiful harvest of 2013 provided us with the conditions to make another stellar wine. The color is a brilliant garnet-ruby and the nose opens to aromas of bright raspberry, red cherry and currant. The palate is met with flavors of baking spices and red fruits and is complemented with a vibrant yet round texture. The tannins are softly integrated into the wine and create a complex and intiguing wine that is perfect with food or enjoyed on its own. HARVEST: Harvest 2013 was the second in a row where we were blessed with not only great quality, but plenty of quantity. The conditions during spring and through flowering were dry with nice, warm weather that was perfect to establish a bountiful crop. Summer was plenty warm, with consistent temperatures through the growing season. The vines were able to ripen their fruit at a consistent pace with no rush to harvest. The weather was cooperative, with no significant rain to dampen the great conditions. We couldn’t be happier with these wines from a really stellar season. 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 AGING: 11 months in oak, 20% new ACID: 5.4 g/L pH: 3.75 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

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Source: We Speak Wine
06/05/2015

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: We’ve been producing exceptional, classically styled Pinot Noir from our estate vineyard in Carneros for decades. The bountiful harvest of 2013 provided us with the conditions to make another stellar wine. The color is a brilliant garnet-ruby and the nose opens to aromas of bright raspberry, red cherry and currant. The palate is met with flavors of baking spices and red fruits and is complemented with a vibrant yet round texture. The tannins are softly integrated into the wine and create a complex and intiguing wine that is perfect with food or enjoyed on its own. HARVEST: Harvest 2013 was the second in a row where we were blessed with not only great quality, but plenty of quantity. The conditions during spring and through flowering were dry with nice, warm weather that was perfect to establish a bountiful crop. Summer was plenty warm, with consistent temperatures through the growing season. The vines were able to ripen their fruit at a consistent pace with no rush to harvest. The weather was cooperative, with no significant rain to dampen the great conditions. We couldn’t be happier with these wines from a really stellar season. 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 AGING: 11 months in oak, 20% new ACID: 5.4 g/L pH: 3.75 ALCOHOL: 14.1%




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