2005 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap District
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WE 94
  • W&S 93

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
Clos du Val has gone as far as they intend to in order to make a ripe opulent Cab in the modern Napa cult style. But they remain faithful to their Bordeaux-inspired house style which is leaner and more tannic than most... Clos du Val has gone as far as they intend to in order to make a ripe opulent Cab in the modern Napa cult style. But they remain faithful to their Bordeaux-inspired house style which is leaner and more tannic than most. The result is a natural cellar candidate with an official alcohol of only 13.5%. Rich in blackberries and black currants this wine should easily develop over the next 10-15 years. S.H.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2009
The vibrant color and complex flavor depth make an immediate impression but it takes two days of air for the elegance and detail of the wine to completely show. Until then it seems a little self-consciously important... The vibrant color and complex flavor depth make an immediate impression but it takes two days of air for the elegance and detail of the wine to completely show. Until then it seems a little self-consciously important posturing with lots of face paint from new oak and spicy curves right under your nose. The oak integrates with air and the freshness of the wine wins out over any affectations it displays for immediate drinking. This is in fact built for the long haul.
JJB 91
Neil Mechanic - JJ Buckley, September 2010
Purple hue with slight brick edge. Dried cassis worked saddle leather and provencal olives provide pleasing notes on the well-developed nose. The palate envelopes the mouth with dried currants and blackberries and a layer... Purple hue with slight brick edge. Dried cassis worked saddle leather and provencal olives provide pleasing notes on the well-developed nose. The palate envelopes the mouth with dried currants and blackberries and a layer of herbs licorice and umami carry over from the initial fruit flavors for a focused and angular finish. Far from a fruit-bomb bruiser this is a display of elegance and balance throughout. That and the low alcohol keep this cabernet in line with Clos du Val's mission to create a Bordeaux-inspired house style. Bravo to the winemaking team who created this gem that drinks well now and will for another 5+ years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Stag's Leap District
Vintage 2005