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Clos Du Val Pinot Noir - $25.99
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cherry, raspberry, smoke, vanilla
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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.
cherry, raspberry, smoke, vanilla
blackberries, maple, oak, vanilla
Sharp Cheddar, Feta, Goat Cheese, Swiss, Brie, Gouda
Curried Beef, Grilled Flank Steak, Hamburgers, Curried Pork, Pork w/Fruit Sauce, Roast Pork Tenderloin w/Sage, Curried Lamb, Sausage
Pasta & Grains
Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauces, Pasta with Truffles
Poultry & Eggs
Roast Chicken with Herbs, Roast Turkey, Roast Duck
Beets, Beans, White, Mushrooms
Pasta & Grains
Tomato, Vegetable Gratin or Stew
Fish or Shellfish
Seared Ahi Tuna
Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices
Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Basil, Cinnamon, Mint, Pepper (black, white, green), Rosemary
Awards and Accolades
Bronze - 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards
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.
(pee noh nwahr)—A tricky grape to grow, Pinot Noir makes some of the best wines in the world. The prototype wine is red Burgundy from France but Oregon, California, New Zealand, and parts of Australia also produce good Pinot Noir. The wine is lighter in color than Cabernet or Merlot with relatively high alcohol, medium-to-high acidity, and medium-to-low tannin. Its flavors and aromas can be very fruity or earthy and woodsy, depending on how it is grown. It is rarely blended with other grapes.
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 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 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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