“New management, farming and winemaking practices at this producer, including a focus on smaller production, are remarkably on display in this delicious white. Golden pear and crunchy apple provide an unctuous, delightfully balanced experience that’s crisp in underlying acidity and subtle baking spice.”
"Inky, rich and powerful, the 2014 possesses superb intensity and resonance, with plenty of dark fruit spice, lavender and French oak notes..."
“Deep, inky and enveloping, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Estate Vineyard captures all the elements that make Stags Leaps Cabernets so compelling. A host of lavender, mint, sage, graphite and crème de cassis notes flesh out in an effortless, noble Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with notable depth and intensity.”
“A Stags Leap classic with deep ruby color; smooth, dense and ripe with racy and juicy fruit; nicely structured with edgy flavors.”
“Citrus-driven, this wine is made from the producer’s State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, and is beautifully aromatic in honeysuckle and hibiscus. Medium bodied and balanced in style, it’s dry and bristling in acidity, the flavors sharply defined in grapefruit and tangerine.”
“Aromas of blackcurrants and hints of dried flowers follow through to a medium body, firm and lightly chewy tannins and a medium finish. Give it two to three years to soften and come together.”
“Fresh currant-leaf and berry character follow through to a medium body, a solid center palate of fruit and soft, delicate tannins. Consistently an outstanding bottle. Drink or hold.”
“Rounded and approachable, this estate-driven wine is 100% varietal and dusty on the palate in tight-grained oak and tannin. The flavors are richly rewarding, etched in chocolate-covered raspberry, clove and an herbal undercurrent that’s hard to pin down.”
“Made in a full-bodied and fleshy style, this comes from an estate vineyard long owned by the producer. Cloudy, with a distinct fresh cherry aroma, it opens with leathery tannins and pronounced oak notes before its bright, citrus-like acidity settles in.”
"Clos Du Val's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is intense, powerful and yet medium in body, as wines from this vintage tend to be... This is an impressive, classically proportioned Stags Leap Cabernet endowed with lovely precision and brightness."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"Herbal, tobacco aromas then an opulent, sleek and limpid palate that has a light touch with good acidity to refresh. Not profound but well made."
“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.”
“Consistently outstanding, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, much underrated. Chardonnay is a delight..."
"Few do merlot quite as well as Ted Henry, winemaker for Clos Du Val in California’s Napa Valley..."
"Co-founded in 1972 by a Frenchman who scoured the world to find the best possible winery spot, Clos Du Val is known for its cabernet, so try it in the rustic tasting room..."
"Adopt-A-School Napa County is excited to announce that the recipients of its first annual Partnership of the Year Award are Clos Du Val (www.closduval.com) and Vichy Elementary School for their partnership in the innovative Adopt-A-Vine program..."
"Long famous for it’s Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos du Val is ramping up for the future..."