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