We are excited to soon send out our fall member shipment which includes some wonderful wines to pair with your holiday celebrations. Our 2016 Gran Val Pinot Noir and 2015 Three Graces will be sure to provide a memorable experience with friends and family. We're happy to share below a note included from Clos Du Val President and CEO, Steve Tamburelli.
As I write this, the morning air in the Napa Valley has turned crisp, pumpkins adorn the porches of houses around my neighborhood and the bright sun of summer has given way to the soft Fall light. I look out my window and see the grape trucks delivering the bounty of the harvest to our crushpad – the culmination of a year of work, worry and triumph. Mother Nature took us on a trip down memory lane this year, pausing the string of very warm (hot) summers for an abnormally cool (and quite refreshing!) growing season. This has delayed harvest a couple of weeks but has given the grapes the ability to fully develop flavors on the vine. The quality of the 2018 vintage promises to be stellar!
As is typical at this time of year, our thoughts turn to the year just passed as we sort through the many things that we should take time to be thankful for. There is no shortage of these for me this year. Everyday, I am blessed to come to work with a team that is dedicated and driven to be the best that they can be. Our vineyard and winemaking team continue to raise the bar beyond what seems possible. The wines that they’re producing are not only exciting but can stand up against anything in the world. The entire visitor center and membership teams are helping our guests and Coterie members to create memories that will last them a lifetime (Our new Hirondelle House is certainly worth visiting if you haven’t yet!). Our admin team greets each day with a smile and makes it possible for everyone else to get their jobs done. I thank my lucky stars daily to work with such a group of exceptional people.
The real ‘why’ of what we do however is in the relationships that we can form with all of you and hoping that each interaction with Clos Du Val, whether it be a visit here, a phone call from our team, or a glass of our wine at home or at your favorite restaurant can make that day just a little (or a lot!) better. Our mission here is to ‘Elevate Life’ and that’s what truly drives us day in and day out. I’m thankful and hopeful that our efforts can be a part of making this true for you.
On a personal note, my wife and I became ‘empty-nesters’ this Fall as we dropped our only child (son) off at UC Santa Barbara to start his own voyage. He’s adapted well and is making the absolute most of his freshman year. Mom and dad are getting used to a very quiet house but our chihuahuas seem to be filling the noise void! I’m truly a thankful and very lucky guy.
So, from the entire team at Clos Du Val, please have a happy, healthy and safe Holiday season. Take time to give thanks and to enjoy those around you that make life worth living. Open that special bottle of wine and share it with friends and family. We hope to see you here in 2019!
The last two weeks at Clos Du Val have been exciting to say the least. From scrambling to get our new visitor home, the Hirondelle House, ready for its grand opening party, to hosting the world premiere screening of ‘Somm 3’, the latest installment in the Somm trilogy, to actually bringing in the first grapes of the 2018 harvest, this place has been abuzz with activity.
Photo by David Dines
Photo by David Dines
The team at Clos Du Val possesses an incredible ‘can-do’ attitude and never was it more on display. From James, Javier and the team in the cellar completely re-configuring a barrel chai into a movie theater (during harvest!), to Laura and Scott and their member & guest services crew mopping floors, buffing mirrors and greeting guests, to the finance/admin team checking people in and pouring wine, to the cellar team and interns who were asked to move furniture after they had spent the day crushing grapes, these people all pulled together with big smiles and a great spirit to make it all work.
Photo by David Dines
I thought that we were asking too much but once again, the Clos Du Val team made the impossible happen. I couldn't be prouder of this group of incredible individuals and am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead them every day.
It’s been over four years (July 28, 2014) since I took the reins here at Clos Du Val. Having grown up here in the Napa Valley, I always saw Clos Du Val as one of the Valley’s great treasures. As a 14-year-old in 1976, I remember reading the story in the local newspaper about the Judgment of Paris and how Clos Du Val was one of the wineries selected for participation in this groundbreaking event. This family-owned winery is truly a part of the fabric of the Napa Valley and I am honored and humbled to be working with a team of incredibly dedicated colleagues to position it for the next 45 years.
One of the great challenges in stewarding a historic producer is finding ways to maintain relevance to the consumer and at the same time, preserve the authenticity which defines the legacy. There are over 10,000 wines and over 100,000 individual wines vying for your attention. Can you imagine 100,000 options of dishwashing liquid or toilet paper? The competitive ‘noise’ in the wine industry is deafening, which makes it difficult for small independent wineries to get noticed over the larger corporate brands with large marketing budgets. The next time you walk down the wine aisle in your favorite store, pay attention to the screams from the shelves and I think you’ll see my point.
At Clos Du Val, we’ve chosen a different path. History and heritage are impossible to create – you either have them or you don’t. We’re immersed in this every day, whether it be Javier, Enrique and Lucio (the core of our cellar crew with over 30 years of tenure each at Clos Du Val), Bernard Portet (our founding winemaker) popping by for a tasting, our extensive cellar of wines dating back into the 1970s, or our incredible vineyards that we developed in 1972 from pasture land, you ‘feel’ the history and heritage here. This is the ‘real’ Napa Valley and this is who and what Clos Du Val is.
So, while we’ve chosen to evolve around the Goelet family’s (our owners) original vision upon which they founded the winery some 46 years ago – the crafting of the world’s finest estate-based wines, we’ve expanded this idea to include providing the world’s finest experiences. Most recently, we’ve created a hospitality space (you NEED to visit our new ‘Hirondelle House at Clos Du Val’ once it's been opened next month) that’s informed and defined by our inherent authenticity. You’ll feel and taste our evolution in the warm, personal, gracious hospitality, delicious wines and the history that is Clos Du Val when you visit us. So whether you experience Clos Du Val at your favorite restaurant, at home with friends, or here at the winery, I hope that you’ll see why we’ve chosen the road less traveled and stayed true to who we are. Hope to see you at the winery soon!