Clos du Val Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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A deep garnet-red in color, this is Clos Du Val's flagship Cabernet. Full-bodied, with silky, well integrated tannins, it exhibits extraordinary complexity and balance. Rich, dark-fruit flavors are punctuated by chocolate and dried herb-like notes, which linger on the long finish. While it is drinking well now, this could be easily cellared for 10+ years.

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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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Snooth User: marklee01
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Vintage: 1992 02/07/2009

This is the perfect example of what 15-20 years in the cellar can do to well made and well structured wine that is merely 'above average' upon release. This wine has matured beautifully. Aroma is of intoxicating aged spices and dark fruit. On the palate is a perfect balance of the black raspberries and currants which give way to very gentle licorice flavors (don't worry, it's not too fruity) and a tinge of oak. And it is smooth smooth smooth. DRINK NOW! I am not sure how long it will stay this way, but I can tell you if you drink it now, you will not think "I should have left this in my cellar for longer"... you will enjoy every drop. 95+



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A deep garnet-red in color, this is Clos Du Val's flagship Cabernet. Full-bodied, with silky, well integrated tannins, it exhibits extraordinary complexity and balance. Rich, dark-fruit flavors are punctuated by chocolate and dried herb-like notes, which linger on the long finish. While it is drinking well now, this could be easily cellared for 10+ years.

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