Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the renowned Stags Leap District. The winery was first recognized for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976, establishing its place as one of Napa Valley's most iconic winery estates. Still family-owned today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville appellations and continues to craft wines of balance and complexity, showcasing the fruit from the outstanding terroir on which their estate lies.
Clos du Val has recently moved to all estate fruit; this is tremendously important! They have phenomenal vineyard holdings throughout Napa and are no longer buying fruit. Production has now been cut in half, and the winery has undergone a complete transformation, from the vineyard to the winery to the distribution. Quality is the number one priority and it shows in the finished wines. Clos du Val also has new winemakers; Ted Henry (previously at Jarvis) and consulting winemaker Tony Biagi (Hourglass, Patria, Amici; previously - Plumpjack, Cade, Odette).
ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "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 are nicely balanced throughout. A rush of dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol build in this attractive, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon from Clos du Val. Fruit sources are the estate vineyard in Stags Leap and State Lane in Yountville."