Clos du Val Zinfandel 2015 | Concentrated & Full-Bodied
Clos du Val Zinfandel 2015 displays deep ruby-purple color. Lively aromas of mixed red and black fruits hinting at clove, black peppercorn, and vanillin. In addition full-bodied, with ripe boysenberry, blackberry, dried cherry, and plum fruit notes. Finally, velvety tannins lead to a spicy, plummy finish. Drink now-2025.
Moving to Estate only Wines | 2nd last Clos du Val Zinfandel Vintage
The first vintage of Zinfandel came from plantings on Howell Mountain, and later from Stags Leap Zinfandel before it was torn out for Cabernet production. But over the years, Clos du Val came to rely on stellar fruit from growing partners within just three miles of their estate property. While this fruit is as good as it has ever been, Clos du Val is smack in Cabernet country, and ripping out Cabernet to plant Zinfandel will have the bean counters shaking their heads. Sadly, after the 2016 vintage, Clos du Val’s Zinfandel will be no more, which means that the 2015 vintage of this bottling is second-to-last.
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And what a second-to-last it is: Clos du Val Zinfandel 2015 resulted in Zinfandel of great concentration not only because it was the fourth in Napa Valley’s streak of drought vintages, but because early-season rains lowered yields by preventing many grapes from turning into viable fruit. Low yields also get the bean counters stressed out because their forecasts begin to look bleak. For wine lovers, however, low yields typically equate to remarkably concentrated wines. And with 49% off staring you down, order as much as you can today, and enjoy what will be some of the last bottles of this revered producer’s sleek Zin.
Iconic Clos du Val | Winemaker Tony Biagi
So Clos du Val winery announced they’d be transitioning to 100 percent estate bottled wines. Hence, we zeroed in on their Clos du Val Zinfandel 2015. Of course, knowing it would be the second-to-last vintage ever produced. Why? While the grapes are not estate-grown, they are sourced from some of the best sites beginning in Stags Leap.
Under the watchful eye of consulting winemaker Tony Biagi, this Clos du Val Zinfandel 2015 is made with Cabernet-like patience. Biagi formerly of Plumpjack, Cade, and now Hourglass aged this 100% Zin 15 months one-third new French oak before bottling. Dark-fruited, spiced and showing the complexities of a patient upbringing and gentle touch. This is classic California Zin by a benchmark producer.