2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is striking. Powerful and dense in the glass, with utterly mesmerizing balance, the 2013 hits all the right spots. Graphite, smoke, grilled herbs, black cherries and incense form a tapestry of aromas and flavors that simply dazzles. The 2013 needs time in bottle for the tannins to soften, but it is a real head-turner. The combination of intense tannin and opulent fruit is classic 2013. In 2013, Clos du Val made 33,800 cases (405,600 bottles) of their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a significant amount of wine. Clos du Val bottled the 2013 over a two week period. The passage of time has resulted in some amount of bottle variation, which readers should be aware of. For the money, the 2013 is still a terrific value in Napa Valley Cabernet, but the bottom line is that there is also a noticeable amount of bottle variation. 95+ (AG)
A silky and tight red with tile, berry and dusty aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Refined and racy. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Showing dense ruby/purple color, good, sweet blackcurrant fruit and black cherries with background oak, Clos du Val’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon offers more texture and richness than older vintages tended to possess. It has excellent purity, character and good upside. This wine should age nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)
The quality of the 2013 vintage in Napa Valley is on full display in this entry-level Napa Cab from Clos du Val. In more general terms than his 95+-point review for this bottling, Antonio Galloni says of the vintage: "The rising tide has indeed lifted all boats, as can be seen by the number of estates that over achieved and made brilliant wines... When all is said and done, there is little doubt 2013 will go down as one of the all-time great vintages for Napa Valley." The perfect growing and harvest season allowed grapes for this wine to be slowly picked over the full span of September and October. Tasting notes from the winemaker: "This wine delivers everything we are looking for from a great vintage. The color is an inky purple hue and the wine has aromas of black fruits, baking spices, dark chocolate and leather. The palate is rich and complex, full of flavors of berry pie, mocha, cedar, black pepper and vanilla toast. The texture is creamy, round and full with well structured tannins that are approachable now or will cellar well for decades." The wine was aged for 18 months in 25% new oak before bottling... 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 7% Merlot, and 2% Petite Sirah.