Clos du Val Wines: Masterful Wines

Clos du Val winery goes back to the early days of Napa wine making when CdV made a name for itself–and the California wine industry early on by impressing French wine experts at blind tasting in 1976–in what is now known as “The Judgement of Paris”. American wines stunned and surprised the French wine pros–and Clos du Val was one of the small handful of Napa wines to be featured. Simply said, The Judgement of Paris put California wines on the map–and the world stage.

It’s safe to say that Clos du Val has gone about its business of producing serious, quality wines in the decades since Judgement Day in Paris–but business-as-usual at Clos du Val is changing. New leadership at the winery has chosen to take the business back to its roots–literally–by choosing to focus entirely on estate-grown fruit. Using only their own fruit means cutting back production by about 50%–not the sort of thing business men are famous for.

Still, Clos du Val CEO Steve Tamburelliis confident that concentrating on making their wines strictly from their own premium fruit will bring the label back to its roots–in every sense of the word.

2015 Clos du Val Estate Three Graces–Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot–100% Estate fruit in 100% new French Oak.  175.00

2015 Clos du Val Estate Hirondelle Cabernet Sauvignon–100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 100% new French oak.  105.00

2015 Clos du Val Hirondelle Cabernet Sauvignon, left & 2015 Clos du Val Three Graces

2015  Clos du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvingon  (below) brings in a bit of Merlot and Cabernet Franc for a rich, classic casis/blueberry Cab. Clos du Val’s Estate includes some of the finest vineyards in Stag Leap, Yountville, and Carneros. Eighteen months in French oak puts the crowning touch on this beautiful Cabernet. 50.00

2015 Clos du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon & 2017 Clos du Val Estate Pinot Noir Rose

2017 Clos du Val Estate Pinot Noir Rose is made from 100% Estate Pinot–its refined citrus notes and crisp acidity make the perfect match for salmon or other seafood.  30.00

2016 Clos du Val Estate Pinot Noir get nine months in French oak and comes across with robust red fruit character–especially cherry. rich on the palate and long and smooth on the finish. A beauty.  40.00

2016 Clos du Val Estate Chardonnay & 2016 Clos du Val Estate Pinot Noir

2016 Clos du Val Estate Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented. Layered aromas of citrus, apricot and spice lead to beautifully balanced acidity on the palate. This is a Cab drinkers Chard.  40.00

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