Perpetuating the wine entrepreneur spirit of John Goelet’s family tree, which traces back to Daniel Guestier a Bordeaux wine merchant, Clos du Val was founded in 1972 and seen to the legacy as their Napa Valley treasure. Beginning with 150 acres in what we now know as Stags Leap District and an additional 180 vineyard acres in the hills of Carneros, Clos du Val reached immediate success with the first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1972 vintage was so outstanding that four years later their winery was chosen as one of six to represent California in the historic Judgment in Paris. Clos du Val went back to Paris for a rematch in 1986 with the same wine and won first reaffirming the grace and age-ability of their wines. Since then they have been named “Winery of the Year” four times and the current winemaker, Kristy Melton, was honored in 2013 as being names one of Wine Enthusiasts “40 under 40”.
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