Clos du Val Estate Hirondelle Vineyard Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE NOTES: The year started out with the drought at the top of everyone’s minds, but a very welcomed rain storm during bud break set the vines up for great success in the growing season. The summer had warm, even days which helped along perfectly developing berries. Harvest began in late August, only to have an earthquake rock the world half way through picking the whites. The winery was spared any damage, but the Carneros vineyard now has a rather large crack right through the middle. Harvest continued at an even pace that resulted in amazing color, flavor and textures. The fruit was hand-picked September 22 - 25.
STORY BEHIND THE NAME: French for ‘swallow’, the name Hirondelle is a sentimental reminder of the swallows that descend upon Clos Du Val each spring, take shelter in the eaves, and declare the winery their home for the season.
WINEMAKER: Ted Henry
The fruit for this small production, single vineyard wine comes from 20-year-old vines in Clos Du Val’s iconic Hirondelle Estate vineyard. Enticing aromas of clove, blueberry pie and just a hint of menthol lead way to complex red fruit flavors with bright acidity. The wine showcases toasted oak and fine tannins with a long, lingering finish.