VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Clos Du Val
Located in the Stag's Leap District of Napa Valley, Clos Du Val dates to 1970 when American businessman John Goelet enlisted French-born winemaker Bernard Portet to find a territory for producing world-class wines. Portet recommended Napa Valley and Goelet acquired 150 acres of land, founding Clos Du Val ("small estate of a small valley") in 1972. The following year, Clos Du Val became one of the first wineries to stake a claim in Carneros, purchasing 180 acres. Today, Bernard Portet is Vice Chairman and is joined by Chief Operating Officer, John Clews.
Clews reinvented the Pinot Noir program when he joined the winery in 1999, directing the replanting of Carneros vineyards using new clones and rootstocks and instituting sustainable agriculture and viticultural techniques. A Pinot Noir is released under both the Clos Du Val Classic series and Reserve series.
The tasting room is open daily and offers a reserve tasting of limited and library wines. Tours are by appointment (707-261-5200). The wines are available online.
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