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Clos du Val Reserve 1988 label image

Clos du Val is one of California's top wineries, and all of their wine labels bear an image of The Three Graces - Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia - based on a Leo Wyatt engraving, designed around George Petel's statue, created in 1624. The vintage, 1988, is clearly declared. In this region reserve is a poorly defined term, denoting some special selection or ageing in oak. The region of origin (or AVA - the US equivalent of the French appellation system) is Napa Valley, one of the best.