Founded in 1972 by John and Henrietta Goelet, Clos Du Val played a key role in launching the Californian wine revolution. A competitor in the famed 1976 Judgment of Paris blind tasting, where the best of California went up against the best of France, the estate has always focused on producing wines inspired by the great domaines of Burgundy and Bordeaux. In fact, it was a Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon that took the crown in the Judgment of Paris rematch in 1986. Based in the world famous Stag’s Leap District in the Napa Valley, the winery is today led by winemaker Ted Henry.
The Clos Du Val Estate Carneros Pinot Noir is made from 100% estate grown grapes. Located in the cooler southern section of Napa Valley, the vineyard has been farmed by Clos Du Val for 40 years. A mild vintage, 2018 produced wines with balance and restraint. In the cellar the wine was vinified in stainless steel tanks with 2 punch downs daily for gentle colour extraction. Ageing was in 50% new oak barrels.
Beautiful in ruby red color, this Pinot Noir opens with fresh aromas of raspberry and pomegranate. Flavors of tart berry, flower petals, clove, and a hint of spice are followed by a soft and juicy finish.