Clos du Val Ariadne 2001

Bordeaux White Blends from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 60670
  • white wine
  • W&S92
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WE88

Winemaker's Notes

The 2001 Ariadne, Napa Valley, has a vibrant, brilliant light straw color, marked by a greenish tinge. The wine has an integrated toasty nose, with citrus and melon notes, marked by a hint of honey. The wine leads with a soft entry and has a good, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc character in the mid-palate, and the oak is well-integrated throughout. The wine is lively and playful, with the flesh and fatness of the Semillon only showing so slightly at this young age. For those who favor the Sauvignon Blanc character in this wine, drink through 2005, but patience will reward those who can wait until 2005–2010 for the evolved and weighty Semillon characteristics to appear.

Blend: 74% Semillon, 26% Sauvignon Blanc

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Clos Du Val, French for small vineyard estate of a small valley, was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by Franco-American entrepreneur John Goelet. After a worldwide search to purchase vineyard properties from which to craft world-class wines, 150 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val's iconic stature and...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Bordeaux White Blends

Bordeaux White Blend
There's white wine in Bordeaux, too! Typically made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and bits of Muscadelle, white Bordeaux can be a fully dry table wine or, as in Sauternes, a deliciously sweet dessert wine. In other areas of the world, a Bordeaux blend consists primarily of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, either of which may be the predominant variety. Bordeaux blends can vary in style, but most have good acidity and often a mineral overtone.

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