Clos du Val
Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
USA / California
Andy's Tasting Notes
It’s the strange paradox that is Napa Valley wine pricing, that you can say that 36 quid (or thereabouts) for this Cabernet Sauvignon is good value!! Bursting with concentrated cassis and blackcurrant fruit, intermingled with classy overtones of tobacco, spice, cedar, mineral and vanilla. Gorgeous smooth tannins and perfectly pitched acidity. Aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels for 20 months, 65% of which is new oak.
Great now or keep till 2028 for further improvement.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot
Platinum Medal, 97 points – Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
Closure – cork
Price per bottle £35.70
One of the earliest wineries in the now famous Stags Leap district, Clos du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman John Goelet and French-born winemaker Bernard Portet. Bernard’s father had been manager at Chateau Lafite, where he and his brother Dominique (ex Taltarni) were raised. Clos du Val began life as 150 acres of vineyards on some of the finest land in the Stags Leap district. In 1973, an additional 180 acres of vineyards were purchased in the cool-climate Carneros region.The winemaking team, now led by Ted Henry and Mabel Ojeda, are building further on an already outstanding reputation, utilising the very best Napa fruit to produce handcrafted, estate wines famed for their balance, elegance and complexity.
Beginning in 2014, the winery affirmed its commitment to the importance of its own estate fruit by dramatically reducing production and concentrating almost entirely upon estate-grown wines. Clos Du Val has also ceased using any herbicides or pesticides in its vineyards, and the estate is halfway through the three year process of full organic certification.
Clos Du Val participates in the Napa Green scheme, a comprehensive sustainability certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. Its soil-to-bottle stewardship includes protecting and restoring the Napa River watershed; saving energy and water; reducing waste and carbon footprint; and being conscientious employers and good neighbours. Independent, third-party certification of farms and winemaking facilities makes Napa Green one of the most rigorous sustainability accreditations the wine industry offers.
Food matchoooh must be roast leg of lamb (or rib of beef)