Clos Du Val has been located in the Stag’s Leap district for over four decades, allowing this outstanding winery to get a real grip on the terrior and microclimates of the district and their planting space. This shows in their credo, which is that a winery is responsible for refining their methods, improving their fruit, and finding ways to produce the best possible wines. They’re also responsible for learning their environment and planting vines that will not only endure but thrive in their blocks, allowing them to harvest the best fruit every year, weather permitting.
This credo has served them well, as they’ve spent 40 years practicing exactly what they preach. They have learned their terrior and made adjustments to their process until it reached the peak it is currently at. This is why they produce some of the most outstanding premium wines in the region, something we had the chance to experience ourselves.
The winemakers at Clos Du Val carefully select their vines based on the soil and climate of each of their vineyards. For example, Hirondelle Estate features nine unique clones of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape vines that have been the source of some of their best Estate wines ever. By closely matching their vines to each block, they’ve allowed themselves to produce excellent wines in smaller batches, rather than mass producing lesser wines.
We find this selectivity in planting to be very commendable, as their dedication to producing only the best possible wines is exactly what we love. After all, we’re always looking for amazing vineyards and wineries that strive to reach the stars, rather than settling for the ceiling above them. In wine making, there is no true ceiling, only improvement, refinement, and perseverance.
The wines produced by Clos Du Val range from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and even include a lovely Pinot Noir. Their Estate Wines are some of the best in the Napa Valley region of California and have received great reviews from guests and connoisseurs across the United States and more. Our personal favorite is their 2012 Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, which will wow you with its aroma.
As for a visit, you are certainly able to go check them out! Their tasting room is open daily and we highly recommend their Hirondelle Exclusive tour, which features a theme of Past, Present, and Future. The tour we took was very interesting and educational and the staff was excellent. Having such knowledgeable people to describe the selection, harvest, and nature of each vineyard block, as well as the wines produced from within those beautiful vineyards is a joy.
If you do get the chance to pay them a visit, make sure you come back and let us know about your experience. We’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, from all of us at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault, happy tasting!
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