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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • The south of France may soon be home to the region's first Chinese-run ... ... as well as Napa Valley's Clos du Val.Two Russian consortia have recently bought Languedoc wineries as well, Dakin told the news outlet. The real estate deal will be processed and finalized by Safer, an agricultural sales company based in Languedoc-Roussillon. In an ... Read More

    From the article A First: Chinese Company To Buy Languedoc Winery


  • 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


  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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    Smoky blackberry aromas with heaps of earth, black currant, black cherry and the lightest hint of mint. Elegant and smooth mouthfeel yielding toast and blackberry flavors, paired with a hint of tar, leather and earth, finishing clean and smooth, with good structure and earth backed by cinnamon and herb. Read More

    Wine review by 834647Snooth Editorial 834647 Snooth Editorial


  • Clos du Val Merlot 2011

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    Dark blackberry and cedar aromas with more than a hint of dark ripe black cherry and earthy herbal eucalyptus notes. Flavors are much brighter and focussed, with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum and licorice. Finishes with a touch of dark chocolate and a dollop of cream. Read More

    Wine review by 834647Snooth Editorial 834647 Snooth Editorial


  • Clos du Val Chardonnay Carneros 2012

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    Slightly heated aromas of red apples, melon, meyer lemon, and toast. Warm tropical fruit flavors of papaya and pineapple ride alongside more lemon. Finishes toasty and a bit yeasty. Read More

    Wine review by 834647Snooth Editorial 834647 Snooth Editorial


  • 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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