Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | “A Rocking Cabernet”
There is only one winery whose very first vintage helped to change the wine world and catapult California from obscurity to the forefront of the international wine map: Clos Du Val. We’re thrilled to share the estate’s Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 —a brilliant wine that lives up to the legend of its storied predecessors. We fell head over heels for this wine’s combination of baking spices, ripe berry flavors, and velour texture. As critic Jeb Dunnuck put it, “it’s a rocking Cabernet that should be snatched up by readers look food a terrific value.” Enough said.
99 Wine Access | Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 offers a rich, deep, and lustrous shade of purple. Blackberry and blueberry aromas lead the way, with complex notes of baking spices, mocha, mature tobacco, and tonka bean. Dense and pleasantly weighty, the full mouthfeel carries flavors of black cherry, cocoa, and hints of graphite on satiny tannins, lingering through the finish.
Small vineyard estate of a small valley
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, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972, an era that wine writer Hugh Johnson referred to as “the turning point in modern wine history.” Two years before, the Goelet family tasked talented French-born winemaker Bernard Portet with finding vineyard land, anywhere in the world, capable of producing a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
So, Clos Du Val remains family-owned today. And farming 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros, and Yountville appellations. While continuing to craft wines of balance and complexity. And of course, showcasing the fruit from the outstanding terroir on which the estate lies.
Winemaker Ted Henry
So, great wines embody the character and complexity of the vineyards they come from. They also reflect the artistry and experience of the people who make them. First, Ted is just the fourth winemaker in the four-decade history of Clos Du Val. First, bringing an emphasis on Bordeaux varieties. Today, a gifted winemaker, Ted Henry offers 15 years of experience making impeccably balanced, estate-grown wines to Clos Du Val. In addition, mentored by such luminaries as famed wine sensory chemist Dr. Ann Noble and renowned winemaker Dimitri Tchelistcheff. As a result, Ted is guiding a vibrant and vineyard-driven stylistic shift at Clos Du Val. Now moving towards greater ripeness, lovely mid-palate depth, and ideal tannin integration.