2012 Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1213831 94 points James Suckling

 Unctuous red with blueberry, blackberry and hints of vanilla on the nose and palate. Full body, very fine tannins and a fresh, clean and beautiful finish. Better in 2018 but already a joy to taste.  (1/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 Clos du Val's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty wine with lovely balance and an understated personality to match. Plums, black cherries, tobacco, cedar, flowers and mint are laced into the silky, expressive finish. Overall this is an attractive, mid-weight Cabernet built on a classic sense of structure. It should drink well for the next decade or more. (AG)  (12/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The flagship wine that made Clos du Val famous (I especially remember their 1973 and 1974) is the Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District. The 2012 possesses sweet, ripe (but not overripe) blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, dusty, loamy, forest floor notes, medium body, attractive elegance, and a broad, savory mouthfeel. The tannins are present, but well-integrated. This elegant, finesse-styled Cabernet should drink well for 10-15+ years. (RP)  (10/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dense and briary, with black and red plum notes complemented by a strong sense of clove, this wine is cushioned in tar, oak and cigar box, showing nicely resolved tannins. Blended with 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it is enjoyable now and will cellar well for many years to come. (VB)  (6/2014)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
An intriguing nose of bakers chocolate, licorice, nutmeg, and a wallop of cassis. On the palate it is extremely soft and finessed, but still has lifting acidity to highlight bright red cherry, sage, and vanilla. It doesn't have the tannic drive of some other Napa Cabs, but the mouthwatering structure carries it through an impressive finish. Very polished and hard to put down, it is a solid wine at full retail but a spectacular bargain at our current going rate. Load up now, I don't expect this to stay on our shelves for long.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
Ever since the 2013 vintage report came out (yes, it was fantastic) many folks have seemingly forgot about 2012. It was a great vintage too! The Clos Du Val SLD Cab is no different and it's drinking exceedingly well now that it's got some bottle age on it. Dark cherry, black currant, blackberry, cedar, vanilla and baking spices sing on the palate of this lovely bottle of Cab. Pull the cork on this baby next time you're grilling steaks and thank me later.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
Clos du Val maybe on one of their best hot streaks ever right now. Both the 2012 and 2013 vintage Napa Cabs were massive hits here at K&L with our customers and the staff, not to mention the national press, having nothing but outstanding things to say about the wines. So we were thrilled when we found this super-secret deal on their 2012 Estate-Stags Leap District Cabernet. Full of aromas of hot chocolate, plum, sweet licorice ropes and roasted fennel this is taking all the goodness of those Napa Valley bottlings and ratcheting them up to the next level. Creamy and mouth-filling this is “big” Cab but one that would not be afraid to use the word restraint at the same time. The flavors are rich and confectionary leaning but with nice brightness at the edges. Black cherry, mocha, cigar tobacco, more plum and a touch of torched sugar build on the large scale mid-palate which glides nicely to the woodsy, but not woody, finish of cigar tobacco, porcini mushroom and sage. This is plenty accessible now but also should age well for the next 6-10 years.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.