2016 was a standout vintage in Napa Valley, and this historic house knew just what to do with it. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon finds support in 13% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, building a big, rich, and balanced wine that delivers so much value along with all the blue fruit and velvet tannins. Jeb Dunnuck calls it a “rocking Cabernet that should be snatched up by readers looking for a terrific value in Napa Cabernet at the 50-dollar price point.”
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!
Some meaty aromas across ripe blackcurrants, blueberries and gently tarry notes. The palate has a strong core of smoothly grippy tannins and abundant blackcurrants. Give this another year or two. Try from 2020.
Starting out with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot), it's a rocking Cabernet that should be snatched up by readers looking for a terrific value in Napa Cabernet at the 50 dollar price point. Blue fruits, sappy herbs, some damp earth, and a touch of mint all emerge from this charming, medium to full-bodied, fruit-loaded effort that delivers the goods.