Clos Du Val
2009 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Stags Leap District (Napa)
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon lovers, prepare to cry tears of joy… Today’s Clos Du Val 2009 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is everything you want from a Napa Cab - and more.
We tip our spy shades to Clos du Val and their masterful approach to producing such an iconic, evocative, and classically styled Cabernet. Made in the style that Clos du Val has maintained for decades, today’s wine is still a real blast from the past. Only the finest Napa Valley wineries still make Cabernet Sauvignon in this bold and elegant style.
Like the Cabernets of the 70s and 80s, this wine has a great tannic structure and wonderful balance. Ripeness and mouthfeel, too, are just right.
Clos du Val achieves this level of greatness by farming the finest fruit, but it is their intensive vinification processes that really gets the most from the fruit. Extended barrel aging (in the finest French barrels), extended maceration (where Cabernet grape skins are left in contact with the juice) of up to 40 days, and extended bottle aging all make for the best wine possible.
One of our esteemed panelists who has been drinking Clos du Val Cabs since the 70s declared this wine to have extraordinary aging potential. We agree! The winery itself says that this wine could age quite gracefully for 30+ years. We hope that you’ll enjoy some now - and for years to come. We’d love to cellar two cases to enjoy over the next 24 years!
Gorgeous and dark, with inky burgundy hues throughout.
A plethora of dark fruit leaps out of the glass to greet you on the nose. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry,
Bold, lush and very full on the palate, with dark mixed berry fruit, black olive, black tea leaf, tobacco, and brown spice.
Long and lush with dark fruits tailing off to the more earthen elements, with the strong tannins adding grip at the edges of the palate.
Enjoy this wine with a perfectly grilled cowboy cut ribeye steak or go old school and enjoy with a plate of walnuts and bleu cheese - or some premium dark chocolate.
Collectors wine. Buy a case and drink one bottle per year.
92 Points - Robert Parker
What the Winery Says
Our Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon hails from our renowned Stags Leap District vineyard, best known for elegant and opulent wines. Deep garnet in color this wine is aged in French oak for 24 months. The wine is full bodied and accented with complex flavors of black fruit, chocolate, and mocha. The 2009 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits extraordinary complexity and balance, bolstered by fully integrated, silky tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for at least 10+ years.
Robert Parker - 92+ Point Review A big, dark wine, the 2009 is one of the richest wines I have tasted from Clos Du Val recently. An exciting mélange of black fruit, incense. tobacco, licorice and pencil shavings hits the palate with notable depth and sheer power. Darker fruit, tons of melted road tar, smoke and scorched earth add weight on the deep, plush finish. The formidable Stags’ Leap tannins are going to require patience.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - 90 Points The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags’ Leap District (Napa Valley) is quite pretty in this vintage. A warm, resonant bouquet laced with espresso, plums and spices meld into expressive dark berries as this mid-weight, polished Cabernet opens up in the glass. Hints of raspberry jam, rose petals and mocha are layered into the persistent finish. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely inexpensive, but this is about as good as it gets for the money.
- Kristy Melton
- 92+ Points - Robert Parker, Gold Medal - 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition, 90 Points - Antonio Galloni
- Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
- Varietal Composition
- 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
- 24 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
About the Winery
Clos Du Val Winery was founded on the honored principles of individuality and independence which guide us to this day. Being Vindependent means we remain proudly defiant of passing trends and influences, steadfast in our commitment to crafting refined wines of elegance and balance, reflective not of winemaker ‘magic’, but rather as a fluent expression of the varietal and terroir from which our wines are born.
Three exquisite Napa Valley Estate Vineyards, our iconic Three Graces. Together, they represent almost a half-century of distinctive winemaking. Clos Du Val wines brilliantly capture the terroir of three world-class Napa Valley appellations, delivering finesse, complexity and balance.
Winemaker Kristy Melton
A native of El Paso, Texas, Kristy earned a degree in biology and animal science from Texas Tech’s Angelo State University. Following University, Kristy earned a prestigious position as an immunology researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. While at the NIH, Kristy supplemented her income working as a bartender, and soon fell in love with wine. She also began her own bartending company, which provided services for events at the White House, State Department, and Smithsonian.
While viewing a winery laboratory during a trip to Napa Valley, Kristy saw an opportunity to combine her two biggest passions, science and wine. In 2005, trading in her beakers for barrels, Kristy became one of only seven students accepted in the UC Davis viticulture and enology masters program.
After earning her master’s degree, Kristy gained winemaking experience on two continents, at Seresin Estate in New Zealand, and at Iron Horse and Saintsbury in California. After three years as the enologist at Saintsbury, Kristy joined Clos Du Val as assistant winemaker in 2010. In this important role, Kristy was given oversight of Clos Du Val’s smaller-production wines, where she began a stylistic shift towards greater ripeness, more mid-palate depth and greater tannin integration. In recognition for the exceptional quality of these wines, Kristy was promoted to senior winemaker in 2012, becoming only the third winemaker in the storied four-decade history of Clos Du Val.
Since then, Kristy’s stylistic vision for Clos Du Val’s wines has expanded to encompass the entire portfolio. To achieve this vision, and further enhance quality, Kristy has instituted numerous changes, including picking later, working with Vineyard Manager Al Wagner to increase dappled sunlight in the vine canopy, adding cold soaks to the Cabernet program to increase color and aromatics, instituting earlier pumpovers to create greater tannin integration, utilizing new filtration methods to limit oxidation, and revamping the barrel program to focus on only the best coopers—all with the goal of preserving vineyard character, while adding nuance and silky textural elements.
Most important, beginning with the 2014 vintage, Kristy began making almost all of Clos Du Val’s wines exclusively from estate-grown fruit. Combining scientific rigor, a willingness to challenge convention, thoughtful winemaking and blending artistry, Kristy has ushered in a rich new chapter in the story of Clos Du Val. In 2013, Kristy was honored as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Top 40 under-40 Tastemakers.”