(From 2010 Vintage) Leading with comparatively restrained aromas of red cherries and raspberries along with subtle accents of wet clay, herbs and a bit of vanilla-bean oak, this wine follows with precise, if slightly scaled-down, flavors that fully reflect the nose. Slender, but neither thin nor at all lacking in character, it is an insistent, very mannerly, well-tailored take on Cabernet that should come into its own some four or five years hence.
Clos Du Val's 2001 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon "Oak Vineyard" is a dark, dense, purple hued wine layered with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and current and subtle notes of cinnamon and pepper. Earthy flavors are integrated with a hint of spice and menthol. This full bodied wine is tempered with ultra soft tannins to produce a smooth, velvety texture and a long finish. The concentrated fruit core of this powerful yet refined wine assures this Cabernet will age with grace for 10-2...