For more than 40 years, Clos Du Val has farmed three estate vineyards in Stags Leap District, Carneros 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 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.
Among the appellations of the Napa Valley, Carneros is renowned for the quality and character of its Chardonnays and Pinot Noir. Influenced by summer fog and the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean, the vines enjoy abundant hangtime to slowly ripen the grapes, while preserving ideal natural acidity. In 1973, Clos Du Val purchased the Gran Val Vineyard on the Napa side of Carneros, in order to grow Burgundian varietals. Neighboring such famed winegrowing sites as Brown Ranch and Hyde Vineyard, Gran Val features 56 acres and 10 clones of Chardonnay and 41 acres and 10 clones of Pinot Noir, as well as smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Ranging in elevation from 50 feet to over 300 feet, and featuring 33 unique blocks and a range of soil types, it yields remarkably complex wines, with alluring varietal character. While most of the vines have been replanted since 1997, Gran Val includes three highly prized hilltop blocks of Chardonnay planted in 1984.
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.