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Clos du Val Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Napa Valley Ariadne 2001

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This was another year of unusually high rainfall, with some late rains similar to those we saw in 2005. Spring was relatively cool and bud break occurred a month later than the previous year. Summer temperatures were fairly mild, despite a brief heat spike in May and a more intense one in July. Harvest, which started in mid-September and lasted through the end of October, was marked by perfect weather. The end result is another excellent Clos Du Val vintage of concentrated, flavorful wines. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 68% Sémillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc FERMENTATION: Sémillon - in barrel, Sauvignon Blanc - in stainless steel AGING: 7 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels ACID: 6.60 g/L pH: pH: 3.34 ALCOHOL: 13.5% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: gravelly loams AGE OF VINES: 12 years

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Clos Du Val:
From France to California In 1970, American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory to grow world-class wines. In 1972, they co-founded Clos Du Val in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. The name means "small estate of a small valley". The estate is situated amongst 150-acres of vines beneath the famous palisades ... Read more
From France to California In 1970, American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory to grow world-class wines. In 1972, they co-founded Clos Du Val in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley. The name means "small estate of a small valley". The estate is situated amongst 150-acres of vines beneath the famous palisades of Stags Leap, known for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In 1973, Clos Du Val became one of the first wineries to stake a claim on the finest hillside terroir in Carneros, now recognized for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and today farms 180 acres for its estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Clos Du Val's old-world approach to winemaking combined with extraordinary Napa Valley fruit established Clos Du Val's tradition of classic estate wines with balance, elegance, complexity and longevity. Bernard's inagural 1972 vintage was one of only six California Cabernets selected for the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting. The same vintage took first place in a rematch ten years later, proving that Clos Du Val wines stand the test of time. Today, winemaker John Clews runs day-to-day winery and vineyards operations, working closely with vineyard manager Al Wagner to farm the land gently and sustainably. Once the grapes are harvested, John and Bernard make blending decisions together to produce a renowned portfolio of wines which are truly expressive of the terroir from which they came. Read less

This was another year of unusually high rainfall, with some late rains similar to those we saw in 2005. Spring was relatively cool and bud break occurred a month later than the previous year. Summer temperatures were fairly mild, despite a brief heat spike in May and a more intense one in July. Harvest, which started in mid-September and lasted through the end of October, was marked by perfect weather. The end result is another excellent Clos Du Val vintage of concentrated, flavorful wines. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 68% Sémillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc FERMENTATION: Sémillon - in barrel, Sauvignon Blanc - in stainless steel AGING: 7 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels ACID: 6.60 g/L pH: pH: 3.34 ALCOHOL: 13.5% RESIDUAL SUGAR: dry SOIL TYPE: gravelly loams AGE OF VINES: 12 years

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic


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