+ Add Critic Score

Submit a Critic Score

Score:

Name of Critic:

Close

Clos du Val Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Clos Du Val shows French class in Napa Vineyards. This vintage is deep dark and bold and earthy. Should age for > 5 years to help smooth in the acids. Great tannins.

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 Pinot Noir Napa Valley

Add your review
Snooth User: RickMara
11128969
4.00 5
12/29/2009

Inventory. Not yet tasted.


Snooth User: Goodier Imports
47330036
0.00 5
05/07/2010

Medium bodied Cab with strong tannins. Dry, with heavy leather and tobacco notes. Burnt toast overtones. French oak aging lends to bone coloring while subtle hints of black cherry, raspberry and strawberry jam round out this Cab.


Snooth User: Goodier Imports
47330036
0.00 5
05/07/2010

Hints of cherry and chocolate most prominent. Clove spiciness rounds out tea notes.


Snooth User: Aurelia
3161623
4.50 5
09/18/2007

Excellent chocolate, amazing palet and density



Clos Du Val shows French class in Napa Vineyards. This vintage is deep dark and bold and earthy. Should age for > 5 years to help smooth in the acids. Great tannins.

Photos

+ Add Image

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Pinot Noir Top Lists







Snooth Media Network