Clos du Val
In 1972, Jonh Goelet and Bernard Portet bought 150 acres of land and founded Clos du Val, which is French for, “small vineyard estate of the valley.” The following year, Geolet and Porter acquired an additional 180 acres in Carneros.
The first wine Clos du Val made was the 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was one of the five that was chosen for the famous 1976 Paris Tasting. Clos du Val continues to produce premium quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and various blends. Bernard Portet is the head winemaker.
The 2001 Merlot is a medium bodied example of the varietal. It has a good blend of oak, fruit and spice. No one component is overwhelming, making this is a nice wine to drink with food.
The Ariadne is a classic white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. It is made entirely from vineyards located on the estate. The crisp Sauvignon Blanc and heavier Semillon work nicely together.