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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    All of the fruit came from the Hirondelle Estate Vineyard. Merlot (7%) was blended in with the Cabernet. 800 cases were produced. Raspberry and blueberry aromas lead the nose; bits of savory herbs are present as well. Copious spice notes are evident on the palate which also includes blackberry, plum and dark cherry flavors. Chicory, minerals an... Read More

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  • Short trip. Will be very busy but not too so to taste the wine. At Boston Logan Aitport.  Read More

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  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Gallo "Signature Series" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon***2013 Honig N... Read More

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  • Which Cab Sav's are REALLY good right of the bat (upon release from the winery) and even better after 5 years?  Read More

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  • Red, I think you mentioned that there is no Costco near you, but we made our ... to JonDerry:  no 2013 Clos du Val CS at the Chino Hills Costco.  They have sold out of the 201 Read More

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  • Let us know what you think of the Mondavi Private Selection CS, Red.  Is ... the provinces had the 2012 Clos du Val CS, but not the 2013.  It's tough living in the 909 area code.)Do you read the other conversations here, Red?  I have been posting some up and down experiences with various Cabernet Sauvignons over on the thread entitled Whatcha ... Read More

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  • Hello wine lovers. Im a newby. I find that I love a Mendoza Malbec  like its oxygen and Nineteen Crimes cab is to die for ( althouth not in the way some of the criminals may have in route to australia) . I also am enjoying some less complex but well balanced red blends like Apothic. My favorite malbec so far is Alamos and Cigar Box is pretty nic... Read More

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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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