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.
Growing up in West Texas, Clos du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton had no reason to think wine would become one of her life’s greatest passions. A self-described science geek, Kristy pursued a BS in Biology and Animal Science and joined the fast track of research scientist at the prestigious National Institute of Health. Her path took a sharp turn westward when a family trip to Napa Valley inspired her to trade in beakers for barrels in 2004.
A year later, Melton was enrolled at the University of California at Davis where she earned her MS in Viticulture and Enology. She landed positions at high profile wineries including Saintsbury in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Iron Hourse Vineyards and Seresin Estate in New Zealand. Working with talented mentors helped merge her strengths in research and analysis with practical, hands-on winemaking. Kristy joined Clos du Val in 2010 as assistant winemaker and was names senior winemaker in 2012.