Clos Du Val

7072592200 5330 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
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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 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 Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Well, we can list lots of under or near to $20 cabs, and I think many have been ... ... was Martini, Franciscan, Clos du Val, Waterstone, Buehler... I mean, how many recos do you want? Okay,I'll give you one more:  Eberle.But the takeaway should be that if you want good, complex wines at $20 or under, CS isn't your grape.  Feel free to stop dri... Read More

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  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are ... ... discussed by me above2011 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, for $25, since I'd want to revisit after a decade or more since last tasted2005 York Creek "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $45), for $25, out of curiousity since I haven... Read More

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  • I don't know that I have a "favorite" <$20 CS, but as an ... ... ... AlexanderAlexander ValleyClos du ValBenziger SonomaSt. Francis ClaretJoel GottAngelineLyeth Red MeritageIf I buy six bottles (mixed is OK) and get the 10% discount, then these would come in under $20 and I would be very OK with them:GirardSchug SonomaBuehler NapaMartini NapaI... Read More

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  • I see probably a half dozen or more wines on that list from Gallo that I drink ... ... If you shop around, Clos Du Val makes their basic Napa Cab for $24 and it's dusty, milk chocolatey in a good way, and worth that small uptick in price.I've been drinking a ton of good Cab lately that I paid less than $20 (and even less than $10) for after t... Read More

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  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

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  • Clos du Val Zinfandel 1979


    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... Read More

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  • Totally forgot about your injury Fox, glad you're feeling better.Had a ... ... easy, and fresh but the 2010 Clos du Val Cabernet my guests brought actually surprised the heck out of me. Who would have thought, grocery store wine (modern Napa no less) that was actually somewhat austere, earthy, and could have used a couple more year Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really do like Chambers Street. How many of these were you drinking over in Italy, Fox?The non-Italians are mouth-watering, too. More Cellar Search ResultsWe've finished inventory and have turned up some more interesting bottles - at interesting prices.Click to view up-to-date in... Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey was actually quite good back in the late '60s, all through ... Vineyard1970 USA8.10.14Clos Du Val Winery1972 USA9.9.95Mayacamas Vineyards1971 USA10.9.45Freemark Abbey Winery1969 USA   RankGradeWineVintageOrigin1. Chateau Montelena1973 USA2. Meursault Charmes Roulot1973 France3. Chalone Vineyard1974 USA4. Spring Mountain Vineyard... Read More

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  • I get it. Not all of us have the time to research wine. Diving into the details ... ... Sonoma Valley $15 Clos du Val Clos du Val Pinot Noir Carneros $25Clos du Val Chardonnay Carneros $22Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $35 Freemark Abbey Freemark Abbey Chardonnay Napa Valley $22Freemark Abbey Merlot Napa Valley $24Freemark Abbey Ca... Read More

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