Friday, April 13, 2012


Clos du Val 2009 Chardonnay. Chilled perfectly, the bright citrus notes with a creamy nose and soft oak was a great introduction to the tasting.
This is a Chardy to stock up on for Spring.

Beautifully displayed cheese platter and cold cuts from the team at Rush

The selection of library wines at the tasting

Guests talk with representatives from Clos du Val

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mark, smiling for the camera

An artistic display of cheese and nuts from Rush

Tracey (Clos du Val) pouring a glass for a guest at the tasting

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Clos du Val. Founded by two French men, John Goelet and Bernard Portet, the Clos du Val vineyards are headquartered in Stags Leap California. The pair wanted to re-create Bordeaux style wines in North America, and in 1972 quickly bought land in Los Carneros (to produce Burgundy styles: pinot noir and chardonnay), and 150 acres of land in Stags Leap.

We were privileged to try a range of styles, including four 'library' vintages including CSL's personal favourite, the 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon (on a side note, during the French Culinary Institute Wine Tasting in 1986, Clos Du Val Winery won first place). This is a bold red with ripe tannins, and earthiness with hints of wood and coffee.

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