Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - $66.99

Wine Details

Price: $66.99
Producer: Clos du Val
Region: Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: dark chocolate, herbs, oak
  • Red Wine

Product Description

  • 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon With fruit from the Stags Leap District, Rutherford and Oakville, this Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in color with a purple core. Aromas are complex, offering notes of black fruit, cassis and spice. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied, intense and layered with flavors of black currant, spice, herbs and a touch of vanilla. The finish lingers on and on.
  • 40 years ago, Clos Du Val Winery was founded on the honored principles of individuality and independence which guide us to this day. Being Vindependent means we remain proudly defiant of passing trends and influences, steadfast in our commitment to crafting refined wines of elegance and balance, reflective not of winemaker 'magic', but rather as a fluent expression of the varietal and terroir from which our wines are born. It has been said that we at Clos Du Val 'march to the beat of our own drum', as if that is a bad thing. We respectfully disagree. We make wines for the wine lover, made to pair with food, to age with strength and grace, in quiet deference to the earth and to mother Nature. We do not make wine in hope of achieving a great score, we make wine in hope of achieving greatness. Our Vindependence is further grounded in the instinct that comes from farming the same vineyards for nearly four decades, for remaining true to our roots and to our vision. We invite you to join us, enjoy our wines everyday and live as we do, fiercely Vindependent and proud of it.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
CGCW - 91 Details: While its very deep and impressively filled aromas of currants, dark chocolate, herbs and rich oak raise high expectations, this big, mouthfilling opus speaks to promise more than prettiness here and now as its high-extract flavors are presently blunted by brutish tannins. However tough and tightly bound it appears at the moment, the wine still makes room for sufficient fruit at the finish to argue convincingly that success awaits some six to ten years down the road. 2002 CGCW dark chocolate, herbs, oak
WineAndSpirits - 91 Details: Dark and massive without feeling heavy, this cabernet is packed with black currant flavor. The fruit is firm and clean, the cabernet fragrance lasting with an herbal edge. A beautiful red for roast lamb. 2002 WineAndSpirits black currant, herbal
CGCW - 86 Details: 18% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc. Rich, creamy, almost chocolaty aromas together with notes of mint and loam bring inarguable complexity to this very ripe, full-bodied wine wine, but, in both its aromas and its flavors, it is a trifle underfilled vis-a-vis fruit. It might have the muscle, the size and the price of a true tete de cuvee bottling, but we would want a bit more fruity stuffing to see it earn its stripes. 2001 CGCW mint
WineSpectator - 83 Details: Intense and chewy, with firm, full-blown, stemmy tannins. The fruit hangs in there, with layers of cherry, currant, anise and fresh earth, ending with a cedary mocha-oak finish that veers into dry, leathery notes, making its future suspect. Best to decant. Best from 2005 through 2010. 900 cases made. (JL) 2000 WineSpectator anise, cherry, currant, earth, stemmy
WineEnthusiast - 91 Details: Clos du Val fans always have appreciated the elegance and ageability of its Cabs, and this release continues the tradition. It’s been getting riper and softer every year, yet still has that edge of herbs and tannins, and in this vintage, a hint of smoked meat. Now through 2015. 2000 WineEnthusiast
CGCW - 82 Details: 8% Cabernet Franc; 6% Merlot. This ruinously tannic wine is quite outside the realm of anything we can remember having come from Clos du Val. Whatever the cause and wherever the fault, there is no joy to be found here lest one revels in tongue-numbing astringency. 2000 CGCW herbs, meat
WineEnthusiast - 94 Details: Another classic wine from this fine Napa producer, and one that will live for a long time in your cellar. It is young and tight now, but through the tannins and acids the palate detects gobs of lush, ripe blackcurrants and plums, herbs and tobacco. The tannins are a wonder—rich, thick and intricate, and fully ripe. As good as it is now, this lovely wine will get better through 2009. 1999 WineEnthusiast herbs, tobacco
WineSpectator - 88 Details: Elegant and restrained, this complex, well-crafted wine offers hints of green olive, cedar, currant and black cherry, supported by firm tannins. The long, elegant aftertaste is enlivened by acidity. Drink now through 2010. 2,400 cases made. –JL 1999 WineSpectator black cherry, cedar, currant
CGCW - 91 Details: Scads of creamy and caramelly oak is juxtaposed comfortably with scents of ripe plums, cherries and hints of currants in the broad, outgoing aromas of this very solid offering. It is a little on the tight, bony side on the palate, yet it is never hard and, with its deep and keenly focused flavors very much in charge, it can only get better and better over the next five to eight years at the very least. 1999 CGCW cherries, oak
WineSpectator - 88 Details: Well-made, in a tight, restrained, structured style, with deep currant, anise, cedar and spice flavors that finish with firm, gritty tannins. Best from 2003 through 2010. 2,000 cases made. –JL 1998 WineSpectator anise, cedar, currant, spice
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Blue Cheese, Provolone, Brie
Red Meat Roast Beef, Barbeque Pulled-Pork or Ribs, Veal Carpaccio, Game, Sausage, Variety Meats or Organ Meats, Kidney
Poultry & Eggs Game Birds
Vegetables Potatoes, Roasted Mixed Vegetables
Fish or Shellfish Sea Bass
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Basil, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme

Wine Terms

Name Value
Cabernet Sauvignon (cab er nay saw vee nyon)—This highly adaptable grape grows almost anywhere it is relatively warm, but the best wines come from the Burgundy region of France (where it is a noble variety), California, and Australia. It became famous through the red wines of the Médoc district of Bordeaux and is now grown in Washington, southern France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make wines that are high in tannin and medium- to full-bodied. Usually identified as having black currant or cassis flavors, the grape can also possess vegetal tones when the grapes are less than ideally ripe. The best wines are rich and firm with great depth, and are often aged for fifteen years or more. Because it is highly tannic, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other less-tannic grapes such as Merlot.
Napa This tiny strip of land just north of San Francisco is home to America’s most prestigious wineries. Its climate is ideal for viticulture. Ironically, it was deemed too ideal for some vintners, who have moved their vineyards from the valley’s flat plain to the hills in the east and west, adhering to the idea that grapes that struggle to grow yield better wine. The climate, soil, and individual wineries are enormously varied, so it’s impossible to identify a singular trait of Napa wines. In addition, nearly every noble grape is grown here, although Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the primary grapes. In the past, Napa’s wines have alternated between extremely fruity and fat to lean and subtle. Today the best Napa wines have achieved a balance between these extremes. Many are made to be drunk young and have abundant ripe fruit; others can be initially hard and tannic, but soften over four or five years to perfumed, cedary fruit. White Napa wines are excellent with fresh-grilled fish and chicken, but can also cope with more spicy and creamy flavors. Many Napa reds will overwhelm delicate cuisine, but rich red meat and cheeses do make good companions.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Over the past few decades, the Napa Valley has become synonymous with award winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Originating from the Bordeaux region in France, Cabernet Sauvignon is truly wine's ambassador to the world. Now in the annals of wine history, this varietal put the Napa Valley on the map. There is a select set of conditions, often enjoyed in Napa, which makes for world class examples of the grape. These include long, sunny days in warm climates, in conjunction with porous, well draining soils.
Napa County Napa County is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. At the north end of Napa County is the Bay Area's second tallest peak Mount Saint Helena, and to the far south of Napa County lays the section of the Napa Valley that bleeds into Carneros. When the first white settlers arrived in the early 1830s, there were six tribes in the valley speaking different dialects and they were often at war with each other. The Mayacomos tribe lived in the area where Calistoga was founded. Napa County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in California and all of the United States. By the end of the nineteenth century there were more than one hundred and forty wineries in the area. Today Napa Valley features more than two hundred wineries and grows many different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. The region is visited by as many as five million people each year, making it the second to Disneyland as the most popular tourist destination in California.