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Clos du Val Zinfandel 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A little anise, slightly leafy, faint red fruits, some sweet tobacco, a bit charry, American oaky, tarry, leathery - Nice balance on entry, bright with faint but fresh amarena cherry and plum fruit. The tannins are brittle and the wine rather medium bodied with solid bright sour/bitter cherry fruit on the backend that yields to a soft oaken underlay. Very nicely balanced in the mouth and while drying out still offers some attractive fruit notes accented by leather and spice. Finish is short. Rather like an old Chianti. 86pts

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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 Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.00 5
Vintage: 1980 12/21/2010

A little anise, slightly leafy, faint red fruits, some sweet tobacco, a bit charry, American oaky, tarry, leathery - Nice balance on entry, bright with faint but fresh amarena cherry and plum fruit. The tannins are brittle and the wine rather medium bodied with solid bright sour/bitter cherry fruit on the backend that yields to a soft oaken underlay. Very nicely balanced in the mouth and while drying out still offers some attractive fruit notes accented by leather and spice. Finish is short. Rather like an old Chianti. 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 1979 09/04/2014

Aged but still surprisingly fruity with bright red cherry flavors, and alive. exhibiting lots of tobacco, mushroom , and rust on the nose and palate. This remains quite fresh in the mouth, if fully resolved, with a strong return of cherry on the finish. More than a passing resemblance to a Grenache heavy blend here, something provencal like but a cut above your typical aged Zin! 88pts


Member Reviews for Clos du Val Zinfandel

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Snooth User: robert carney
150108101
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/20/2009

fruits, mostly raspberry, on nose, more muscle in mouth than I expected and good length


Snooth User: Goodier Imports
47330036
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/07/2010

Strong hints of cherry and resinous vanilla. Light and easy, great casual wine for a casual meal.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.40 5
Vintage: 1979 09/04/2014

Four and a half glasses




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