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Clos du Val

Clos du Val was founded by John Goelet, a New York businessman, in 1972 in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa Valley. Bernard Portet was the founding winemaker, and he was responsible for much of the winery’s rise in reputation in the 1970s and 1980s. He retired in 2010. The winery owns 320 acres in Stag’s Leap and Carneros, and is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Portet was among the first winemakers in the region to use Merlot to soften California Cabernet Sauvignon, and his wines were known for their elegance and finesse. Today Clos du Val’s winemaker is John Clews, and the winery continues to earn acclaim for its wine. Wine & Spirits Magazine named it Winery of the Year in 2010. The winery’s signature wine is the Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.

1975 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

Capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

1976 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

1976 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

1977 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; top shoulder fill

1999 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  95+    

2019 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon

JS  93   
WA  91   
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1987 Clos du Val Reserve

WS  92   

1974 Clos du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; base neck fill; light label condition issue

1992 Clos du Val Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue; light writing on label

1992 Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue; light writing on label