Zinfandel is pretty much the noble red of the USA. It has a cult following over there, probably due to its rich and muscle-bound nature. This one is very much in that vein, with ripe smells of raspberries, Christmas cake, plum jam, soft spices and mocha on the nose, followed up by a full-bodied, luscious palate, with ultra-ripe fruit flavours, fine tannins, and a smooth, fleshy, rich finish. One for the big red lovers!
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: The color is a deep, opulent purple and the nose opens to aromoas of black forest fruits, exotic spices and vanilla.
It has flavors of blackberry pie, warm chocolate, toasted spices and jam. The textures are
smooth and silky with a soft roundness met with vibrancy.
Food match: grilled or barbequed meats, roasts or simply on its own.