Clos Du Val Winery
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|Clos Du Val Winery|
|Location||Napa, California, USA|
|Appellation||Stags Leap District AVA|
Bernard Portet, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman|
Ted Henry, Winemaker
|Parent company||Goelet Wine Estates|
|Known for||Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Varietals||Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Merlot|
|Tasting||open to public|
The winery was founded by two men who were born into the French wine business, John Goelet and Bernard Portet. After scouting the world for two years to locate areas where they might produce Bordeaux-style wine, Portet identified the then-undiscovered Stag’s Leap district of California’s Napa Valley as especially promising. Goelet bought 150 acres (61 ha) of vineyard land and established the winery in 1972. The next year he bought 180 acres (73 ha) in the Los Carneros region to produce the Burgundian varieties Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
The winery received international recognition when its first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon (1972) achieved eighth place in the Judgment of Paris.
- Taber, George M. Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that revolutionized wine. NY: Scribner, 2005.
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