Clos Du Val

While the story of Clos Du Val is rich in history, and follows the rise of Napa Valley as one of the world's preeminent winegrowing regions, it is also a living story that is still being written. Guided by an acclaimed team that includes President Steve Tamburelli, Director of Operations Jon-Mark Chappellet and Winemaker Ted Henry, Clos Du Val has experienced a renaissance in every facet of the winery. This period of revitalization started with the 2012 vintage, when Clos Du Val began a vibrant and vineyard-driven stylistic shift for its wines. It continued in the 2014 vintage, when Clos Du Val began focusing almost exclusively on making estate-grown wines, with an emphasis on the exceptional Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons that first catapulted Clos Du Val to fame.

Clos Du Val was founded by the Goelet family in 1972, an era that wine writer Hugh Johnson referred to as "the turning point in modern wine history." 1972 saw the founding of a who's who of California's most iconic wineries, and in the history of North American winemaking, the Cabernet producers of 1972 are legendary. It was a dynamic time, filled with energy and innovation that laid the foundation for Napa Valley's rise to global prominence. Two years before, the family tasked talented French-born winemaker Bernard Portet with finding vineyard land capable of producing a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. After traveling to five continents, this search brought Bernard to the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley, where perfect daytime weather, cool nights and ideal soils yield Cabernet Sauvignons of uncommon power and elegance.

In 1972, Clos Du Val acquired 150 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of the Stags Leap District, and made its first wines, including Clos Du Val's legendary debut 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon--one of only six California Cabernets selected for the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting, where California defeated some of Bordeaux's finest. Ten years later, Clos Du Val's reputation for creating some of Napa Valley's most gracefully age-worthy wines was solidified, when its 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon took first place in the Judgment of Paris rematch.

Today, Clos Du Val's acclaimed estate program has evolved to include its 180-acre Grand Val Vineyard in the Carneros appellation of Napa Valley, and the 18-acre State Lane Vineyard in Yountville. With a viticulture program guided by master Cabernet Sauvignon grower Jon-Mark Chappellet, these vineyards include more than 30 different blocks of Cabernet, with a variety of soil types and exposures, dozens of unique clone and rootstock combinations, and an array of vine ages. This provides Winemaker Ted Henry, and Consulting Winemaker Tony Biagi, with a remarkable palette of estate fruit from which to make Clos Du Val's wines. Taking advantage of this rich diversity, Ted ferments as many as 35 individual lots of Cabernet Sauvignon each vintage, with upwards of 70 total lots of Bordeaux red varieties--some as small as 1.5 tons.

Under President and CEO Steve Tamburelli's direction, Clos Du Val has also instituted numerous changes, all with the goal of achieving the utmost quality. This includes restoring and modernizing the winery, harvesting later to achieve optimal ripeness, reducing crop yields, increasing dappled sunlight in the vine canopy, enhancing soil fertility, adding cold soaks to the Cabernet program to increase color and aromatics, instituting earlier pumpovers to create greater tannin integration, utilizing new filtration methods to limit oxidation, and revamping the barrel program to focus on only the best coopers--all to preserve vineyard character, while adding nuance and silky textural elements.

"As a winery, our original roots were more in an Old World style," says Ted. "We used to pick much earlier, at lower Brix. Now we are more fully embracing the 'Napa Valleyness' of our wines. We are showing the natural strengths of our vineyards, and we are doing it in a way that still honors our heritage. While our wines are richer and more textural than in the past, they still have lovely acid and relatively modest alcohol levels. They are wines of purity and balance."

Unlike many of the other pioneering Napa Valley wineries, Clos Du Val has remained small and dedicated to making Napa Valley-designated wines--a focus that has become even clearer in recent vintages. In fact, as part of its transition to making almost exclusively estate-grown wines, Clos Du Val made the bold decision to significantly reduce production, with overall Cabernet Sauvignon production cut almost in half.

"While Clos Du Val has an important place in the history of Napa Valley, we are looking forward, not back," says Steve Tamburelli, who, prior to Clos Du Val, spent 11 years as the general manager of Napa Valley's acclaimed Chappellet. "We are already making some of the finest wines in our history. By staying small, having an absolute focus on quality, and having complete control over every vine, every wine, and every stage of viticulture and winemaking, our wines will continue to become even more exceptional. Everyone is committed to this vision. We see this time as the beginning of a great new chapter in our story that will lay the foundation for the next four decades."

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Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Vinous 91 “The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a gorgeous entry-level wine from Clos du Val. Dark, inky and voluptuous in the glass, but with plenty of structural underpinning, the 2015 is super-expressive today. The tannins are going to need at least a year or two to soften, but all the elements
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Clos du Val 'Carneros' Chardonnay 2014
"25% malolactic fermentation, and only 25% new oak was used during 11 months of barrel fermentation. The result is a vivid and alluring Chardonnay with layered aromas of baked apple, orange blossom, pear, butterscotch and brioche. On the palate, bright, mouthwatering acidity and wet stone minerality

Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 1.5L
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "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." J.S.  Wine Enthusiast 91 Cellar Selection " Mostly from estate vineyards, and blended with other Bordeaux varieties,

Clos du Val 'Stags Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "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." ~J.S.  "The Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is our hallmark expression

Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 “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

Clos du Val Napa Merlot 2012
The Tasting Panel 90"Smooth and mellow with lush plum, lovely texture and bright structure; balanced, long and rich." ~A.D.

Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"This wine delivers everything we are looking for from a great vintage. The color is an inky purple hue and the wine has aromas of black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of berry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The

Clos du Val 'Carneros' Chardonnay 2013
The Tasting Panel 90"Smooth, clean and restrained with good balance and firm structure; long silky and juicy; fresh and bright." ~A.D.

Clos du Val 'Stags Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 " Our Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon hails from our renowned Stags Leap District vineyard, best known for elegant and opulent wines. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 24months to fully integrate its tannins and structure. It is deep maroon in color and opens to aromas of

Clos du Val Napa Merlot 2011
"Characteristic of Clos Du Vals world-class style, the 2011 Merlot continues the winerys tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Refined and plum in color, it offers complex yet vibrant aromas of black currant, dark chocolate, nutmeg and toffee. The mouth-feel is silky

Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
"The cool vintage of 2011 allowed us a rather different approach in the vineyard than we normally get to have. Cool temperatures allowed a long hang time of fruit on the vine, contributing to ripe, yet elegant aromatics. It has notes of chocolate, blackberry and fresh black pepper on the nose. The

Clos du Val 'Carneros' Chardonnay 2012
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90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "Attractive notes of tangerines, lemon blossom and fresh apple skin emerge from the medium-bodied 2012 Chardonnay from Carneros. This delicious, fruit-laded effort exhibits good acidity, no obvious oak and a long finish. Drink this pretty, well-made Chardonnay over the next 4-5

Clos du Val 'Stags Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92+ "A big, dark wine, the 2009 is one of the richest wines I have tasted from Clos Du Val recently. An exciting mélange of black fruit, incense. tobacco, licorice and pencil shavings hits the palate with notable depth and sheer power. Darker fruit, tons of melted road tar, smoke and

Clos du Val 'Carneros' Pinot Noir 2011
" This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant and cherry. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature bing cherry and cola. An elegant and lingering finish makes it a

Clos du Val 'Carneros' Chardonnay 2011
"Characteristic of Clos Du Val’s world-class style, the 2011 estate-bottled Chardonnay continues the winery’s 40-year-old tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. It is pale gold in color with aromas of fresh apples, pineapple and pear accented with rich, tropical fruit

Clos du Val 'Carneros' Pinot Noir 2010
"This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant and cherry. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature bing cherry and cola. An elegant and lingering finish makes it a

Clos du Val 'Napa' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
"A fresh take on Clos Du Val’s world-class style, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon continues the winery’s tradition of producing truly distinctive wines of balance and elegance while adding a hint of modernity. Its opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and red fruit, black

Clos du Val Napa Merlot 2010
"Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2009 Merlot offers aromas of complex yet vibrant black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry punctuated with a silky, lingering finish. Enjoy

Clos du Val Carneros Chardonnay 2010
91  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 91"With its green pear and pale nectarine flavors, this wine has purity of fruit to balance its light oak tannins. The finish is smoky, hinting at roast corn. For roast sea bass."

Clos du Val 'Stags Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "Made in the classic Clos du Val style, this Cabernet is less ripe, drier and more acidic than many of its Napa Valley neighbors. It’s also very tannic. Currently, it’s an aloof, austere wine, but it has a deep core of blackberries. This wants at least eight years in a proper

Clos du Val 'Napa' Merlot 2009
"Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2009 Merlot offers aromas of complex yet vibrant black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle marked with flavors of black cherry and blueberry punctuated with a silky, lingering finish. Enjoy

Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon continues the winerys tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Its opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and purple fruit, black pepper and subtle hints of toast. The palate displays a seamless integration of

Clos du Val 'Stags Leap' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "Lots to admire in this Cab. Its bone dry and rich in blackberry and cedar flavors, with overtones of mocha, anise and toast, and is very tannic. Clearly made in a leaner style than todays high-alcohol cult style, it trades some richness for elegance and finesse. This is a wine

Clos du Val Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
94  Wine Enthusiast 
 Wine Enthusiast 94 "Clos Du Val has gone as far as they intend to in order to make a ripe, opulent Cab in the modern Napa cult-style. But they remain faithful to their Bordeaux-inspired house style, which is leaner and more tannic than most. The result is a natural cellar candidate, with an

Clos du Val 'Napa' Chardonnay 2009
"Clos Du Val's 2009 Chardonnay is pale gold in color. The wine has aromas of pear, white peach and citrus. The palate is met with tropical fruit flavors, citrus and a hint of toast. This Chardonnay is rich, creamy and full bodied exhibiting balance and elegance that are characteristic of Clos Du