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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Long Shadows seems like a guest chef program, but in wine.  In college, ... ... As good as Buehler, Clos du Val, Burgess.  I mean, that good.  A bargain like Draymond Green on his rookie contract. Never saw it again. I'm generally not a fan of Phinney's stuff, finding the labels and marketing to be offputting, and haven't been wowed by the ju... Read More

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  • Can anyone help me figure out the difference between the Dave Phinney (Orin Swift) Locations F1, F2 and F3 wines. I tried one that was listed as a 2011 vintage. I did not see the bottle and don't know which to look for. Do the 1, 2 and 3 correspond to vintage? Any clarification is appreciated.  Read More

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  • So here are my thoughts on the 2013 Clos Du Val. Slightly riper version of the house style. Tons of mocha, coffee, wood on the nose. There's also plenty of structure showing on the palate with the addition of some earth, dark ripe fruit, and nice acidity. The dark purple and black fruit is sitting just underneath the structure. Something I notic... Read More

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  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently (Experiencing Cabernet Franc for one) and that my wife Sandra just today handed me an article by Dave McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the... Read More

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  • I AM BACK!! And what an incredible experience it was... I must thank all of you ... Cab Sauv was a highlight.- Clos du Val: yes, it's another of the big ones, but my cousin needed to buy souvenirs and so we stopped. I'm glad we did because the wines were also great and the place and views at the back were very beautiful, a perfect way to say go... Read More

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  • Hi guys, it's me again... crazy Brazilian-New Yorker chick asking for advice on wine travel...So I will have 4 full days in the area (May 14-17) and wanted to pick your brains for anything amazing and cost-beneficial you can come up with (except for hotels, I could care less about where I stay, all money goes to wine!).For timing reasons, my mai... Read More

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  • How brutal was winter? Just forget it. Forget how cold it was, forget how much ... ... the finish.  Clos Du Val 2012 Chardonnay, Napa, CA. $19 per bottle, 14% ABV.This classic never fails to please! Green fruit on the nose with bold citrus in the mouth, and a finish with vanilla and gently toasted oak. The 2011 and 2012 vintages can still be ... Read More

    From the article Top Ten Spring Wines Under $25

  • Clos du Val Winery Semillion-Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2011


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  • Savennières is the French derivation of Latin’s “vicus saponaris”, which means place of the soap. It almost sounds like it should be the birthplace of the trendy bath suds retailer Sabon, but its roots – rather literally – have much older grounding. This tiny appellation’s name stems from the soapwort flowers that bloom around the same time the ... Read More

    From the article Savennieres, A Place of Soap...and of Wine

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