Clos du Val Hirondelle Vineyard (750ml)
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Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by John Goelet and French winemaker Bernard Portet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in the now legendary Stags Leap District and 180 acres in the cool Carneros District were chosen, from which Clos Du Val Winery, a true Napa Valley icon, was born. The wine was first recognized for is Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the famed Judgement of Paris in 1976. Today, for Clos Du Val winemakers John Clews and Kristy Melton, it’s the fruit from these distinctive vineyards that serves as the foundation for crafting the balanced, terroir-driven wines of elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.
The Hirondelle vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is opulent with spiced black fruit, stewed plum, cloves, vanilla, earthy forest floor and light wood smoke. Layered, with fine-grained tannins, and a long rich finish. The beauty of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is it’s vibrant ripe fruit and refined approachable tannins making it a style that can be readily enjoyed rather than a wine that needs lots of cellaring time (though they certainly age well too). Wines produced from the Stags Leap District tend to be subtle and smooth focusing more on the aromas and textures rather than all power. Pair this with a prime cut of beef, a juicy steak or gourmet burgers.
The Stags Leap District is situated in southeastern Napa Valley, along the Silverado Trail, about 8 km north of the city of Napa. It is one of the smallest of all the Napa Valley AVA, only about 1.5 wide and less than 5 km in length. This wine is from the Hirondelle vineyard located in the Stag’s Leap district. The climate here is cooler than further up valley and produces elegant and refined Cabernet Sauvignon.