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2012 Clos du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1213831 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (1/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2014)

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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.

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.

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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