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95+ Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is striking. Powerful and dense in the glass, with utterly mesmerizing balance, the 2013 hits all the right spots. Graphite, smoke, grilled herbs, black cherries and incense form a tapestry of aromas and flavors that simply dazzles. The 2013 needs time in bottle for the tannins to soften, but it is a real head-turner. The combination of intense tannin and opulent fruit is classic 2013. Drink 2019 – 2033.”

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94 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

“Unctuous red with blueberry, blackberry and hints of vanilla on the nose and palate. Full body, very fine tannins and a fresh, clean and beautiful finish. Better in 2018 but already a joy to taste.”

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93 Points – 2013 Chardonnay, Carneros

“This is a lovely, modern Chablis-like Chardonnay with high-acid structure and gentle hints of spice and oak. The lemon chiffon, pear and green apple flavors are lively and mouthwatering, the texture at once brisk and generous. It’s a fine foil for oysters, shrimp, crab and white-fleshed fish.”

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92 Points – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

“A silky and tight red with tile, berry and dusty aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Refined and racy. Drink or hold.”

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90-92 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

“Clos du Val’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty wine with lovely balance and an understated personality to match. Plums, black cherries, tobacco, cedar, flowers and mint are laced into the silky, expressive finish. Overall this is an attractive, mid-weight Cabernet built on a classic sense of structure. It should drink well for the next decade or more.”

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91 Points – 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley

“A silky red with black olive, mushroom and berry character. Full and extremely soft with velvety texture. Shows beautiful length and finesse. Drink or hold.”

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91+ Points – 2013 Chardonnay, Carneros

“Light yellow color; tart pear, lemon gelee, light toast nose; medium bodied, juicy, tart pear, lemon gelee, almond palate with bright medium acidity; medium-plus finish.”

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91 Points – 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

“If you’re looking for a ripe, rich, full-bodied Pinot Noir, this wine isn’t for you. If you like focused, elegant Pinots with refreshing acidity and transparency, and suitability with a wide range of foods, this is for you. It offers taut pomegranate, black and red cherry fruit, mouthwatering juiciness and refined tannins, with a subtle earth and spice character. Don’t ponder, just enjoy with dinner – salmon, tuna, mushrooms, pork loin, roast chicken and even lamb.”

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91 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

“Mostly from estate vineyards, and blended with other Bordeaux varieties, this wine balances dense, chewy, sizable tannins with a juicy core of blackberry, baking spices and leather. Given time, its sense of elegance should rule over its power, while for now, it finishes in bittersweet chocolate. Cellar through 2020.”

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90 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

“Cool graphite and blueberry nose – impressive and site-specific. Succulent – an opulent style, with concentration and weight. Fine-grained tannins and sufficient acidity achieve a good balance. Drink 2017-2030.”

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90 Points – 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley

“Softly balanced, this is an elegant wine, with less than a handful of Petit Verdot that exhibits savory dried cranberry and plum around larger elements of juicy plum and dark chocolate. It never veers bitter or green, staying juicy and supple on the palate.”

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90 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

“Dense and briary, with black and red plum notes complemented by a strong sense of clove, this wine is cushioned in tar, oak and cigar box, showing nicely resolved tannins. Blended with 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it is enjoyable now and will cellar well for many years to come.”

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92 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

“A firm and beautiful red with black currant and berry character. Full-bodied, silky and refined. Shows real Napa Valley cabernet character. Drink or hold.”

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90 Points – 2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros

“Silky and fresh with juicy raspberry and cassis; bright, tangy and balanced; lively and long with lots of charm”

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92 Points – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

“One of the best deals in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 from Clos du Val is a rich, dense Napa Cab with impressive depth and dimension. It shows fleshy black fruits, a suave mouthfeel (the tannins are ripe and supple) and tremendous length. And it comes in at a stunning price for a Cabernet Sauvignon from an historic Napa Valley producer.”

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90 Points – 2013 Chardonnay, Carneros

“Smooth, clean and restrained with good balance and firm structure; long silky and juicy; fresh and bright”

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90 Points – 2013 Chardonnay, Carneros

“A combination of licorice and fennel mark the bouquet of this estate wine that is light and low in oak. Medium in build and classically elegant, it dances in crisp apple and pineapple, with traces of vanilla and toasty oak.”

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90 Points – 2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros

“An 100% estate-driven wine, this features intense notes of spicy raspberry and strawberry, full and inviting in aromatics, while maintaining a subdued nature. Earthy tannins rise up midway through the wine, providing strength and structure before finishing long and lean.”

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90 Points – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

“Clear lemon color. Aromas of white peach, nectarine, clean laundry, honeysuckle and mineral notes. Full on the palate but great acid keeps it balanced. White cherry, nectarine and mango fruit is dusted with chalk and spicy oregano. Dried honey and nutshell notes as well. Clean, crisp but complex with white tea on the finish. Delicious and impressive.”

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94 Points – 2010 Joie du Vin Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

Blue Reviews Extra!!  94 Pts awarded to our  Clos Du Val 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Joie du Vin, Stags Leap District; naming it the best Clos Du Val wine ever made.