Clos Du Val

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2014 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 18 | Lot No. 23
Vintage

2012

Clos Du Val

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate-grown Stags Leap District vineyard
  • Harmonious blend of two contradicting vineyard sites, two different clones and opposing exposures
  • Block B6 showcases a ripe fruit core while Block C5C contributes floral elements, dense structure with firm tannins
  • Together, dichotomy unites into a singular alchemy of opulent flavors and balance

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.6
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy 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.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Clos Du Val 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 18
Taylor Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District The Tower 18
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