The three daughter of Zeus known as the "three graces" are a major part of the logo for Clos Du Val Winery in the Stag's Leap appellation and with good reason. Again we have another award winning winery that won out over their French rivals. This time in 1986, the1972 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon was the winner in a repeat of the famous 1976 taste off, proving that Clos Du Val wines stood the test of time. The amazing note is that in 2006 on the 30th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris taste off, the Clos Du Val 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon as well as four other California Cabernets won over the original French Bordeaux wines, proving that the Clos Du Val wines do age with "grace".
1972 was the year that John Goelet and Bernard Portet got together and formed Clos Du Val Winery. Between vineyards in the Stag's Leap District and the region of Carneros and have held the tradition of classic estate-style wines of balance, complexity and elegance. Today, co-founder and vice chairman Bernard Portet is joined by vice president of vineyards and winery operations, John Clews who are determined to maintain the classic style of elegant wines with the name Clos Du Val and the logo with the Three Graces. Overseeing the day to day operations is Al Wagner, vineyard manager.
The long awaited tasting room at Clos Du Val did not open until 1983. Today,while sipping a taste in the winery, purchase a bottle and take it outside to the Olive Grove to enjoy at the picnic tables. Of course, that is if there is a vacant table.
Clos Du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman, John Goelet, a descendant of the distinguished Guestier family of Bordeaux, and sixth-generation, Bordeaux-raised and trained winemaker, Bernard Portet. After two years of searching the globe for the best possible terroir outside of Bordeaux in which to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Goelet and Portet chose a site in the heart of what is now the renowned Stags Leap District of Napa Valley.