Clos du Val 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 13 20 282 12
For almost four decades Clos du Val has been producing distinctive Napa Valley Cabernets from their estate vineyards in the Stag's Leap District and beyond. French Winemaker Bernard Portet secured prime vineyard property back in the early 70's which have been the basis for the legacy this winery holds today. In the outstanding 2012 vintage everything went right in the Napa Valley which was very good for Clos Du Val since they farm 350 acres of estate vineyards in Stag's Leap, Yountville and Carneros. 61% of the fruit for this 2012 Cab came from estate vineyards. It's a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It spent 18 months in 25% new oak barrels and 8 months in the bottle softening. It show an array of aromas including black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of cherry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades.