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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 40296)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $51.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Created with fruit from Clos Du Val's own Palisade Vineyard, this Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the velvety tannins and generous flavors distinctive of wines produced in the Stags Leap District. Deep ruby in color, aromas of black and green spices are nicely integrated with those of ripe black fruit and licorice notes; healthy oak nuances are backed by wild blackberries and blueberries. A sturdy entry of ripe blackberry flavors gives way to a creamy, voluminous mid-palate. Well-centered, silky tannins and balanced acidity lead to a complex, lengthy finish.
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About Clos du Val Wine Co.:

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.