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2009 Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1137072 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The 2009 vintage was a great success for Clos du Val, and now they’ve released this fabulous wine, whose production was 3,000 cases. It’s an absolute classic, a gorgeous example of Stags Leap, with lush blueberry, black currant, violet and mineral flavors, hard tannins and perfect acidity. You can begin drinking it in 2017, but it should really hit its stride in the 2020s. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (4/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Readers will have to be exceedingly patient with the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District). A big, dark wine, the 2009 is one of the richest wines I have tasted from Clos du Val recently. An exciting melange of black fruit, incense, tobacco, licorice and pencil shavings hits the palate with notable depth and sheer power. Darker fruit, tons of melted road tar, smoke and scorched earth add weight on the deep, plush finish. The formidable Stags Leap tannins are going to require patience. The 2009 is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. (AG) 92+ Inner quote mark (12/2012)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A prime rib wine, this has the flash of a long rest in expensive oak. Barrel time has layered the Stags Leap tannins into a savory black chocolate cake, the fruit waiting to emerge from the space in between the tannins. Give it time in the cellar before breaking it out for beef. Inner quote mark (4/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Comparatively muted and a bit pulled back in ripeness per the winery style, this firmly built effort aims for polish rather than potency and pulls its punches in the process. It gets good marks for the former and is fit with a keen bit of Cabernet fruit, but it is sufficiently tannic and tight to warn off early drinking and warrants a half-dozen years of additional patience. *One Star* Inner quote mark (4/2014)

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