For more than 45 years, Clos Du Val has farmed three estate vineyards in Stags Leap District and Yountville. Recognized as some of the finest winegrowing land in Napa Valley, and farmed by renowned winegrower Jon-Mark Chappellet, these vineyards provide a world-class palette of estate fruit for our Winemaker Ted Henry.
The crown jewel of Clos Du Val’s estate program is a majestic vineyard in the heart of Stags Leap District. Acquired in 1972, this coveted land is home to Clos Du Val, and features 100 acres and nine different clones of some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in North America. Often referred to as a “valley within a valley,” the Stags Leap District is just three miles long and one mile wide. Celebrated for its ideal climate that draws in cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay, Stags Leap District produces wines with velvety tannins and pure varietal flavors, while retaining ideal natural acidity—qualities that are perfect for making exceptional, age-worthy wines. For more than four decades, the Hirondelle Estate Vineyard has been the source for some of the Napa Valley’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignons.
Located in historic Yountville, which has a rich winegrowing history dating back to 1836, Clos Du Val’s 17.5-acre State Lane Vineyard includes eight separate blocks, with 10.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, five acres of Cabernet Franc and two acres of Sauvignon Blanc. In 2002, the entire vineyard was replanted to Clos Du Val’s specifications. Because cool air and fog traveling north from San Pablo Bay get trapped by the Yountville Mounts, Clos Du Val’s State Lane Vineyard benefits from the region’s natural air conditioning, making it ideal for producing beautifully structured Cabernets, as well as exceptional Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Along a narrow stretch of the Napa River sits the River’s Bend Vineyard, a 100 acre site with significant soil variations from north to south and bordered by a rich riparian area. The viticultural team at Clos Du Val had the unique opportunity to plant this site in phases starting in 2015 and completing in 2016. Bordered by trees and the Napa River, the vineyard is blessed with a fertile and healthy ecosystem, which is beneficial to growing exceptional wine grapes.
To add to the variety of fruit qualities available to the winemaking team, the vineyard is planted to 10 different Cabernet Sauvignon clones and a wide variety of rootstocks, each matched to the soil types. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard is planted to complementary Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. A small amount of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier rounds out the plantings.