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2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1228086 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) 95+ Inner quote mark (11/2015)

92 points James Suckling

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

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

K&L Notes

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. 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.

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2015 | Send Email
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Not your classic Napa Cabernet but definitely a classic Clos du Val Cabernet! This is a beautiful expression Bordeaux styled Cabernet from Napa. Long, focused, with bright acidity that leads into an array of earthy flavors. On the palate it's leather, iron, and slightly gritty; however, with tannins in check. I really think this wine will blossom in a few years and is wonderful to drink now after a couple hours of decanting with a big steak!
Drink from 2016 to 2023

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2015 | Send Email
Wow, this is impressive Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley for the money, and is actually refreshing on the palate. The wine is medium-bodied and elegant with aromatics of dark plum, cherry, currant, leather, earth and cedar with hints of toasted oak. On the palate, there is good acidity, supple refined tannins, harmonious balance and fine length.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2015 | Send Email
Clos du Val always makes a more restrained style of Cabernet from Napa Valley. In good vintages with warm conditions, this wine can be one of the best values in Napa! The 2013 shows a wonderful balance between ripe fruit and earthy flavors. It is medium-full bodied in the mouth with a wonderfully velvety texture. The tannins are present but ever-so ripe and integrated. Great buy for under $30 Napa Cabernet!

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2015 | Send Email
This vintage of Clos Du Val is solid and consistent...as always with these guys. Great ripe fruit...cassis and red berries, an approachable tannin structure, a bit of pine, greenness and plenty of length and persistence on the finish. A great Napa Cabernet for under $30!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2015 | Send Email
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Wow! I am literally blown away just by the aromatics coming off the glass and I haven’t even tasted the wine yet. Intense aromas of blackberry liqueur, crème de cassis, black olive and spice notes billow from the glass. The palate has fantastic lift and energy with gorgeous blackberry fruit, spice and mocha notes. A perfectly balanced, supple and seamless Cabernet Sauvignon this wine is one of the greatest deals I have seen this year and is easily one of the best wines I have tasted for under $30 in a long, long time. Load up on this fantastic bargain and enjoy this treasure over the next 5 years.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2015 | Send Email
Aristotle. Nietzsche. Kant. Renowned philosophers, who all, in their own times and ideologies, fought to unravel life's enduring mystery. Chief among their questions... What is an amazing Napa Cabernet for under $30? That many of these great men ended their lives without their answer is tragic, considering all they had to do was open a bottle of the 2013 CLOS DU VAL Napa Cabernet! And, of course, drink it! If they had, they'd have encountered an elegant expression of black fruit, toasty oak, and currants that, while solving many of their obsessive mysteries, would simply lead to the even more enduring quandary... HOW CAN WINE BE THIS GOOD?

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2015 | Send Email
The stunning deep purple hue leads to aromas of violet, spice-box, basil and cassis. The palate is plush and integrated with black pepper, blackberries, ripe plums, cigar spice and graphite. Pleasant to drink now, or hold onto for up to 5 years.

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