This winery is by far our favorite winery for Cabernet Sauvignon, and I would argue to the death that it’s one of the best Cab producers in California. And that’s not even just my humble, non-professional opinion. Clos Du Val’s 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the six CA wines that won the 1976 Paris Tasting that challenged French Bordeaux. This was a milestone for the U.S.
As if once wasn’t enough, Clos Du Val won the Paris Tasting rematch in 1986 with the exact same wine proving that CA wines can age just as well and even BETTER than a fine Bordeaux. Impressive.
Additionally, Clos Du Val has also won “Winery of the Year” four times by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Aren’t they tired of winning things? Over achievers!
Their tasting room is situated in the famous Stag’s Leap district off of Silverado Trail. They have three vineyards total that spread out through the two appellations of Stag’s Leap and Carneros. The best part about it? Their tasting room is not full of pomp and circumstance. It’s intimate. Warm. Rustic with a touch of elegance.
Our host, Clint, was full of amazing info and as soon as he saw our Canon 5D we started talking photography because he’s newly engaged and needs a wedding photographer. So Clint if you’re reading this – WILL. WORK. FOR. WINE.
We loved their Three Graces line from the Wine Maker’s Signature tasting menu. It is delicious and offers red and white versions. The Three Graces white is a blend of Roussanne, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The Three Graces red is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with a little bit of Merlot, Cab Franc and Petite Verdot in it. We left with bottles of each.
Fortunately Clint also had a library wine open. He let us taste their 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon even though it wasn’t on the tasting menu. This is the best Cabernet I have EVER had. It glided down like silk with the initial taste of blackberry and currant. Then it had a finish of chocolate hazelnut. Of course we walked out with a bottle of that as well.
We’re also newly dubbed club members. We’re a part of the Clos Du Val family now, and they’re never going to be able to get rid of us. =}
In addition to visiting Castello di Amorosa, please put Clos Du Val as one of your “must visit” wineries on your trip to Napa. You’ll be blown away by their wine. They offer wine tours, picnic packages and outdoor cabana rental. You can contact them at:
www.ClosDuVal.com / Twitter: @ClosDuValNapa
5330 Silverado Trail
Post Office Box 4350
Napa, CA 94558