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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Clos du Val Carneros Chardonnay 1998
Clos du Val Carneros Chardonnay 1998
(search item no. 9621)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $21.14

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant gold in color, our 1998 Chardonnay is characterized by tropical, citrus and light vanilla notes with a touch of butteriness and subtle hints of oak. A dominant, ripe fruit entry leads to an elegant and voluminous mid-palate. The lingering finish is crisp and fresh with lovely toasty flavors.
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About Clos du Val:

Clos Du Val, French for "small vineyard estate of a small valley," was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.

Today, for Clos Du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton, it is the bounty from these renowned vineyards that acts as the foundation for the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of balance and elegance for which Clos Du Val is known.