Clos Du Val is one of the founding wineries of Napa Valley. The winery is most revered for its 1972 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon that ranked highly during the Judgment of Paris Tasting in 1976. Ten years later, the same Cabernet Sauvignon took first place in the Judgment of Paris rematch, validating that Clos Du Val’s wines age gracefully. A winery with a rich historical context, Clos Du Val is looking to the future with the goal of achieving the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world.
Clos Du Val Winery
Clos Du Val is a French term that translates to “small vineyard estate of a small valley”. It was founded in 1972 by French winemaker John Goelet. In 1970 he recruited French winemaker Bernard Portet with the task of finding the perfect vineyard site. Coming from a winemaking family(his father was Technical Director of Chateau Lafite Rothschild), Bernard saw huge potential in Napa Valley.
Bernard Portet was drawn to the Stags Leap district where there was perfect daytime weather, cool nights, ideal soils, and maritime influences from the bay, that was ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. With Bernard’s guidance, the Goelet family purchased 150 acres of vineyards in the Stags Leap District. Clos du Val was also one of the earlier wineries that recognized the possibilities of the Carneros region for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They purchased an additional 180 acres of estate vineyards in Carneros.
Clos du Val – Looking To The Future
Clos du Val is a family-owned winery and is run under the direction of owner and General Manager Olav Goelet. Looking to the future, Olav Goelet has implemented monumental changes in the last several years. He has modernized the winery, designed a new tasting room, chose to harvest later, and enhanced soil fertility to name just a few of the changes that have been implemented. One of the more drastic changes came with his decision to move to an estate only wine program and substantially reduce crop yields. Clos Du Val has gone from producing 90,000 cases to 35,000 cases. Focusing on quality to create some of the best wines to come out of Napa Valley.
Current Warm Weather Release
With the distinctly recognizable terracotta-colored labels, winemaker Ted Henry has released some incredible wines for the warmer weather.
2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (SRP $30)
A classic Sauvignon Blanc from our estate vineyards in Yountville, this wine opens with fresh aromas of pineapple, honeydew melon, lime zest and lemongrass. Refreshing, crisp acidity frames the palate with juicy peach and mango flavors.
2018 Estate Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley (SRP $32)
Made exclusively using grapes from our own acclaimed Carneros estate vineyard, which we have been farming for more than four decades, this Chardonnay leads with vibrant aromas of cotton, vanilla and jasmine flower. On the palate, balanced acidity gives the wine a smooth mouthfeel with a refreshing green apple finish.
2019 Estate Pinot Noir Rose, Carneros, Napa Valley (SRP $30)
Pale pink in color, this wine has flavors of juicy watermelon, strawberry and cantaloupe on the palate. The body is light and refreshing. Perfect when served chilled.
2017 Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley (SRP $38)
Brilliant light red in color, this Pinot Noir has great clarity. Chocolate, raspberry, and fresh strawberry leap from the glass. The complex nose leads to bold flavors of red fruits, the most notable being bright cherry with a round flavor palate. With a rich mouthfeel, the 2016 Pinot Noir displays a long velvety finish.
Clos Du Val
5330 Silverado Trail,
Napa, California 94558
Hirondelle House Tastings
Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays,
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
** Photo Credits Clos Du Val**