Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon - $30.99

Wine Details

Price: $30.99
Producer: Clos du Val
Region: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: cassis, cherries, oak, smoky, spice
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • The 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon greets the nose with robust aromas of black fruit, dried herbs, fennel and leather. Deep purple-black in color, this powerful, full bodied wine fills the mouth with the rich flavors of dark fruit. The wine is seamless, and the finish never seems to end. Though it can be enjoyed now, the classic structure and excellent balance of this Cabernet Sauvignon means it will age beautifully for another 5-10 years, making it a wonderful addition to any cellar.
  • 40 years ago, 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. It has been said that we at Clos Du Val 'march to the beat of our own drum', as if that is a bad thing. We respectfully disagree. We make wines for the wine lover, made to pair with food, to age with strength and grace, in quiet deference to the earth and to mother Nature. We do not make wine in hope of achieving a great score, we make wine in hope of achieving greatness. Our Vindependence is further grounded in the instinct that comes from farming the same vineyards for nearly four decades, for remaining true to our roots and to our vision. We invite you to join us, enjoy our wines everyday and live as we do, fiercely Vindependent and proud of it.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
CGCW - 85 Details: 8% Cabernet Franc; 8% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot. Although the focus of this comparatively tight, slightly reedy, mildly curranty effort is all Cabernet in character, the wine is decidedly cramped and bound up in abrasive five-to-ten-year tannins. Its truncated flavors do not manifest the fruity substance and depth that are required for real success. 2004 CGCW
CGCW - 87 Details: 7% Cabernet Franc; 1% Merlot. There is a lot of early richness to be had here as the wine leads with generous aromas of ripe cherries, cassis, loam and mildly smoky spice and follows with a like-minded mix of fruit and oak in the mouth. Pushy tannins and acidity work to attenuate its flavors, however, and there is a slight loss of fruity drive as things come to a narrow, slightly dry finish. Allow for a couple of years in the bottle in hopes that the wine more fully fleshes out. 2003 CGCW cassis, cherries, oak, smoky, spice
NatDecants - 90 Details: 2003 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, U.S.A. VC: The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon has generous aromas of ripe cherries and blackberries with a mild smoky/spice weaving its way through the fruit. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity keep the wine lively. My note: A terrific, balanced wine with Old World finesse and New World flair. Pair with: grilled steak, sauteed mushrooms.  325779  13%  D  750 mL  $35.95  Score: 90/100. 2003 NatDecants blackberries, cherries, smoky, spice
WineNews - 90 Details: Deep, loamy aromas of blackberry, maple, clove and evergreen. Tart flavors of cherry, orange peel, espresso and dust are framed by tooth-clenching acidity. Minerally close. $62 2003 WineNews
WineNews - 90 Details: Deep, loamy aromas of blackberry, maple, clove and evergreen. Tart flavors of cherry, orange peel, espresso and dust are framed by tooth-clenching acidity. Minerally close. $62 2003 WineNews blackberry, cherry, clove, espresso, maple, minerally, orange peel
2002 WineSpectator earthy
CGCW - 87 Details: 7% Cabernet Franc. Showing more oaky richness than varietal fruit in its first nose, the wine gets some needed amplification with air and brings forth notes of black cherry and briar. It is on the firm side in the mouth, and again is somewhat reluctant to show itself off, but it has both the focus and the requisite depth to encourage a few years of aging. 2002 CGCW black cherry, briar
WineSpectator - 86 Details: Scents of ripe blackberry and raspberry are joined by hints of herb, leather and fresh earth in this solid, chunky young red. Firm tannins and acidity make the finish short and tight, with a dry edge. Best from 2005 through 2012. 37,500 cases made. –JL 2001 WineSpectator blackberry, earth, herb, leather, raspberry
WineEnthusiast - 91 Details: Clos du Val continues to march to a different drummer. It’s always been a youthfully shy, dry wine that stresses elegance over flamboyance. This wine has great blackcurrant and herb flavors, but stresses its structure with an acidic, tannic emphasis. It should age gracefully for many years. 2001 WineEnthusiast herb flavors
WineEnthusiast - 90 Details: Like its companion ‘01 Merlot release, this Cab needs time for the smoky oak and the underlying wine it frames to come together, but when that happens, it will be a lovely drink. The firm, chunky tannins will hold the blackcurrant and herb flavors steady through this decade. 2001 WineEnthusiast herb flavors, oak, smoky
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Blue Cheese
Red Meat Beef, Pork Chops, Lamb, Grilled or Roast Leg, Grilled or Broiled Chops or Rack of Lamb, Veal, Veal Carpaccio, Game, Farmed Venison, Buffalo, Pate or Liver, Variety Meats or Organ Meats, Liver
Poultry & Eggs Duck Confit
Vegetables Corn, Roasted, Mushrooms, Caramelized Shallots, Potatoes, Sauteed Potatoes
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Basil
Poultry & Eggs Quail stuffed with Swiss Chard & Italian Sausage

Wine Terms

Name Value
Cabernet Sauvignon (cab er nay saw vee nyon)—This highly adaptable grape grows almost anywhere it is relatively warm, but the best wines come from the Burgundy region of France (where it is a noble variety), California, and Australia. It became famous through the red wines of the Médoc district of Bordeaux and is now grown in Washington, southern France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make wines that are high in tannin and medium- to full-bodied. Usually identified as having black currant or cassis flavors, the grape can also possess vegetal tones when the grapes are less than ideally ripe. The best wines are rich and firm with great depth, and are often aged for fifteen years or more. Because it is highly tannic, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other less-tannic grapes such as Merlot.
Napa This tiny strip of land just north of San Francisco is home to America’s most prestigious wineries. Its climate is ideal for viticulture. Ironically, it was deemed too ideal for some vintners, who have moved their vineyards from the valley’s flat plain to the hills in the east and west, adhering to the idea that grapes that struggle to grow yield better wine. The climate, soil, and individual wineries are enormously varied, so it’s impossible to identify a singular trait of Napa wines. In addition, nearly every noble grape is grown here, although Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the primary grapes. In the past, Napa’s wines have alternated between extremely fruity and fat to lean and subtle. Today the best Napa wines have achieved a balance between these extremes. Many are made to be drunk young and have abundant ripe fruit; others can be initially hard and tannic, but soften over four or five years to perfumed, cedary fruit. White Napa wines are excellent with fresh-grilled fish and chicken, but can also cope with more spicy and creamy flavors. Many Napa reds will overwhelm delicate cuisine, but rich red meat and cheeses do make good companions.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Over the past few decades, the Napa Valley has become synonymous with award winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Originating from the Bordeaux region in France, Cabernet Sauvignon is truly wine's ambassador to the world. Now in the annals of wine history, this varietal put the Napa Valley on the map. There is a select set of conditions, often enjoyed in Napa, which makes for world class examples of the grape. These include long, sunny days in warm climates, in conjunction with porous, well draining soils.
Napa County Napa County is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. At the north end of Napa County is the Bay Area's second tallest peak Mount Saint Helena, and to the far south of Napa County lays the section of the Napa Valley that bleeds into Carneros. When the first white settlers arrived in the early 1830s, there were six tribes in the valley speaking different dialects and they were often at war with each other. The Mayacomos tribe lived in the area where Calistoga was founded. Napa County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in California and all of the United States. By the end of the nineteenth century there were more than one hundred and forty wineries in the area. Today Napa Valley features more than two hundred wineries and grows many different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. The region is visited by as many as five million people each year, making it the second to Disneyland as the most popular tourist destination in California.

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