NAPA LEGEND Clos du Val 2013
“To strongly reiterate, 2013 for many wineries in Napa and Sonoma has produced the finest wines I have tasted in 37 years.” Robert Parker
As soon as we read Parker’s 2-part Northern California report back at the end of 2015, we started looking for as many Napa 2013s as we could find. The trouble was the volumes available; in most cases, the wines were made in very limited volumes and sold via mailing lists to domestic collectors. However we’ve kept our eyes peeled and the great news is we’ve found an absolute stunner...
Clos du Val began in 1971 when Bernard Portet acquired 150 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of the Stags Leap District. From this hallowed ground he began creating stunning wines which reflected his love of both great Bordeaux and the very special soils and climate of the Napa Valley. You see, Bernard had a life-long education in claret, having grown up the son of a technical director at none other than Chateau Lafite. Indeed he had wine running through his veins; born in Cognac, Bernard’s family had owned vineyard property in France since the late 1600s and as such, he was a firm believer that making wine is all about reflecting a specific place. His Cabernets became legendary and were even featured at the great Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976.
Bernard’s philosophy has persisted and today, Clos du Val operates under the leadership of born and bred Napa Valley wine guru Steve Tamburelli, a graduate of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Showing the natural strengths of their vineyard but still honouring their heritage is the key - and their 2013 delivers in bucketloads: while the wines are more richly flavoured and textured than in the past, they retain fantastic freshness, purity and balance. This is Napa Cabernet Sauvignon in excelsis.
So what would one expect to pay for a wine of this calibre? The answer is less for a whole case than for a single bottle of other 2013s from Napa royalty such as Colgin or Carter Cellars.