With over 350 acres to choose from in the Stags Leap, Carneros and Yountville appellations, winemaker Ted Henry has considerable flexibility to create an optimum Cabernet every year. Rich, focused, and laden with pretty cassis fruit, this is a wine that is lovely now but will age 10 years with no problem!
Clos du Val is a member of the original “class of ’72” in the Napa Valley, which also includes no less than Silver Oak, Mount Eden, Jordan, Caymus, Diamond Creek, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and Chateau Montelena. But just as an aging bistro quietly making great food gets passed over by foodies fawning over the latest restaurant with an ampersand in its name, so it goes in the wine world. Clos du Val fell out of fashion for a time, but now they are back on top—they have clawed back some of their vineyards in Stags Leap District from wineries who were buying some of their best fruit!
Clos Du Val's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is intense, powerful and yet medium in body, as wines from this vintage tend to be. I would give the 2014 at least a year or two in bottle, as the wine comes across as a bit sinewy and shut down relative to how it tasted from barrel. This is an impressive, classically proportioned Stags Leap Cabernet endowed with lovely precision and brightness.