1999 Clos du Val, Ariadne, Napa Valley

Producer: Clos du Val
Vintage: 1999
Grape variety: Semillon
Origin: United States, California, Napa Valley
Appellation: Napa Valley
Date tasted: 14 January 2004
Price when tasted: US$25 (£17.85)

Tasting notes


<li> Old World complexity <li> rich, dense texture<br><br> It is rare today to see any Napa Valley winemaker working with Semillon, but Bernard Portet is out to prove that this neglected variety can be one of the world's classic whites. The 1999 is his


Sauvignon adds bright honeydew melon fruit, which works well with the spicy vanilla flavours from the oak barrels. With time in the glass, the Semillon honey and figgy flavours emerge and are also nicely framed by light oak. Rich, dense, almost oily textu

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