Clos du Val
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|Hors D' Oeuvres||
Creamy Crab And Sweet Corn "Pot Pie"
Phyllo Shell And Roasted Pepper And Basil Pesto
Grilled Andouille Sausage Coins
Spiced Bourbon And Dark Roux And Trinity Vegetable Mash
A proprietary blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc takes its name from Ariadne, wife of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. Like its namesake, Clos Du Val’s 2009 Ariadne is forward, bright and elegant. Pale gold in color, the wine displays aromas of melon, fig and a hint of passion fruit with intense flavors of tropical fruit, guava, and citrus. Subtle oak tones make for a rich, creamy mouth feel, while firm acids consistent with the vintage keep the finish crisp and light. This wine is a blend of 65% Sémillon that is barrel fermented for 9 months in 20% new French oak, and 35% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel all from vines that are more than 15 years old. Ariadne is a great accompaniment to light meals, shellfish and Asian cuisine or just on its own.
Boston Lettuce, Orange And Green Apple Salad
Roasted Pine Nuts, Basil And Crispy Proscuitto With Olive Oil Vinaigrette
Clos Du Val’s 2008 Chardonnay is pale gold in color. The wine has aromas of pear, white peach and citrus. The palate is met with tropical fruit flavors, citrus and a hint of toast. This Chardonnay is rich, creamy and full bodied exhibiting balance and elegance that are characteristic of Clos Du Val’s style. Fruit, oak and acidity meld together, resulting in a wine that complements food and culminates in a long, crisp finish. The result is a wine that complements food and culminates in a long, crisp finish. Enjoy now and always. This wine is 100% Chardonnay, is barrel fermented and aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% of which are new barrels. In Oct 2010 Wine & Spirits named Clos Du Val’s 2008 Chardonnay the Year's Best Chardonnay and continued to say, “There's exceptional focus to this wine, its richness checked by acidity that delivers a laser beam of flavor down the tongue. Lemon zest, lime, mint and chalk combine in pale layers, the oak is present in the structure of the wine without flavoring it overtly. A tangy white to accompany a salad of calamari, carrots and mint.”
|Carneros Chardonnay 2008
Braised Pork Shoulder And Spinach Crepe
Roasted Garlic Clove And Sun Dried Tomato Relish With Pinot Noir Reduction
This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant, and pomegranate. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature cherries. This is 100% Pinot Noir aged in French Oak barrels, some of which are new. All this makes for an elegant and lingering finish makes it a perfect wine for food, but especially for enjoying by the glass. This Pinot Noir has great aging potential.
|Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
Roasted Beef Tenderloin And Summer Asparagus
Sage And Garlic Red Wine Jus And Wild Forest Mushroom Riotto
Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2008 Merlot offers aromas of complex black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish, enabling the wine to pair exceptionally well with roasted meats and poultry, braised beef or pork. This wine is at home in formal settings or informal and goes well with just about any occasion. Enjoy now and always. Wine Enthusiast June 2011 90 pts - A dry, smooth Merlot that hews to the Clos Du Val style of lean fruit. The cherry, mocha and cedar flavors have an edge of dried herbs and tobacco. Drink this elegant wine now and through 2014. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 88% Merlot; and 12% Cabernet. AGING: 17 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels
|Napa Valley Merlot 2008
Dark Chocolate Covered Brandy Soaked Lady Fingers
Cabernet-Brown Butter Caramel And Espresso Scented Vanilla Bean Mousse
Characteristic of Clos Du Val’s world-class style, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon continues the winery’s tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. Its opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and purple fruit, black pepper and subtle hints of toast. The palate displays a seamless integration of intense flavors that include chocolate, toffee and blackberry. The wine has a rich yet powerful mouthfeel marked by focused, silky tannins and a long, lingering finish. Expect this Cabernet Sauvignon to age gracefully for an additional 5-10 years. Wine Enthusiast 90 pts Sept 2010 Buying Guide - A bit burly in tannins, with a dry, sandpapery mouthfeel. But that doesn't stop the blackberry, black cherry and currant fruit from shining through, or put a damper on the sweet, toasty oak notes. Doesn't feel like an ager, so the tannins are here to stay, but a good steak will wrestle them into submission. APPELLATION: Napa Valley COMPOSITION: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Merlot; 6%; Cabernet Franc; and 3% Petit Verdot. AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new barrels
|Napa Valley Cabernet 2008