(2011 Vintage) The cool vintage of 2011 allowed us a rather different approach in the vineyard than we normally get to have. Cool temperatures allowed a long hang time of fruit on the vine, contributing to ripe, yet elegant aromatics. It has notes of chocolate, blackberry and fresh black pepper on the nose. The textures are far silkier than recent vintages, creating a vibrant wine with flavors of toffee, vanilla, blueberry and currant. The tannins are well integrated, creating a wine for which Clos Du Val is known; balanced, elegant, and classic.
Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Petite Sirah
Wine SpectatorRating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/90.
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) The same can be said for the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak. That vintage was so good, it is hard to hide all the fruit and character. The wine possesses a dark ruby/purple color, medium body, good elegance and a pleasant personality, but what might have been produced if they took the chains off? These wines should be better than they are. They seem like failsafe sort of efforts, designed for the uncritical shopper, but holding little interest for the serious wine lover. They are well-made and clean, but they are what I call a "single glass" style of wine. While there is nothing wrong with the first glass, there is not enough interest for a second. Actually that is an improvement for Clos du Val where the wines have gone through a sterile period that appears to be coming to an end.
Wine & Spirits(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine.