Surprisingly, this is quite a medium-bodied cab sav at 13.5% alcohol, plus it has seen a generous amount of oak with 18-months spent in barrel. It's a nice departure from the usual butch wines of the region, and this one is all class with appealing smells of hedgerow berries, raspberries, tobacco and mocha. The palate is elegant and tight, with a juicy plum centre, licks of toast and coffee, fine and slinky tannins, and a long, sultry finish. This will cellar for a few more years, or will be great with a medium-rare steak tonight.
Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in
the renowned Stags Leap District by Franco-American vintner John Goelet. The winery was
first recognized for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons at the famed Judgment of Paris in
1976, establishing its place as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic winery estates. Still familyowned
today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District,
Carneros and Yountville appellations. Focusing on this diverse palette of fruit, Winemaker
Kristy Melton makes elegantly structured wines notable for their balance, complexity, and
vivid fruit character.
Tasting note: This wine delivers everything we are looking for from a great vintage. The color is an inky
purple hue and the wine has aromas of black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather.
The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of berry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and
vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are
approachable now or will cellar well for decades.