Clos Du Val

A Cappella
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 136


Clos Du Val

A Cappella

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

10 cases produced

This rich, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Clos Du Val’s original estate vineyard in the heart of the famed Stags Leap District. Comprised of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘A Cappella’ represents the purest expression of Stags Leap District’s unique terroir and most celebrated varietal with deep black fruit and dark chocolate flavors wrapped in warm, silky tannins.

Kristy Melton

Winemaker, Clos Du Val

Winemaker, Kristy Melton

Kristy Melton, Winemaker. A self-described science geek armed with a BS in Biology and Animal Science from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, Kristy Melton’s career as a research scientist at the prestigious National Institutes of Health was cut short when a family trip to Napa Valley inspired her to trade in her beakers for barrels in 2004.
A year later, Melton was enrolled at the University of California at Davis where she earned her MS in Viticulture and Enology in 2007. She joined Clos Du Val as Assistant Winemaker in August of 2010 after having held several key enology and winemaking positions at high profile wineries including Saintsbury where, in addition to her research and analysis responsibilities, she contributed her winemaking talents to their famed Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay programs. She has also held coveted intern positions at Sonoma’s Iron Horse Vineyards and Seresin Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand.
In January 2012, after demonstrating a unique competence for adding subtle nuance and approachability to Clos Du Val’s signature style, Kristy was promoted to Head Winemaker. Charged with the overall improvement of all Clos Du Val wines and with direct oversight over winery exclusive, small lot and luxury programs, Kristy’s passion for crafting modern wines of elegance have truly elevated Clos Du Val’s already exceptionally-regarded reputation.

Country born: USA

Education: BS, Animal Science from Angelo State University, TX
MS, UC Davis Viticulture and Enology

Years in the wine industry: 6 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Exploring the intersection of science and art to create delicious wines of balance and elegance, beautifully reflective of the terroir and of the varietal.

222 Sutter Street
Suite 450
San Francisco  CA  94108


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