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Arietta Red Blend Napa Valley Variation One 2008

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

Super tight and tannic. Slight juniper berry nose. This wine doesn't seem like it's made from these two varietals. Perhaps it's just too young right now and needs to integrate. - Tasted with Fritz Hatton- Proprietor and Andy Erickson- Winemaker 5/6/10

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Arietta:
Rare wine specialist and wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton founded Arietta in 1996 in partnership with winemaker John Kongsgaard and his wife Maggy. The partnership was born of a shared passion for fine wine and classical music. The vinous inspiration for Arietta was an extraordinary 2.3 acre block of Cabernet Franc on the Hudson Ranch in Napa/Carneros. The fruit from this block of Cabernet Franc se... Read more
Rare wine specialist and wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton founded Arietta in 1996 in partnership with winemaker John Kongsgaard and his wife Maggy. The partnership was born of a shared passion for fine wine and classical music. The vinous inspiration for Arietta was an extraordinary 2.3 acre block of Cabernet Franc on the Hudson Ranch in Napa/Carneros. The fruit from this block of Cabernet Franc serves as the core of the Arietta Red Wine (renamed Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards in the 2000 vintage). The Arietta project grew with the selection of additional superb blocks of Merlot and Syrah on the Hudson Ranch. Arietta added two wines to its portfolio: Arietta Red Wine Variation One, an innovative blend of Merlot and Syrah, and Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards, produced only in selected vintages. Pursuing our principle of purchasing fruit only from the very finest vineyard blocks, Arietta in the 2003 vintage purchased a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain vineyards farmed by famed Napa grower David Abreu. This fruit afforded us the opportunity to release a small quantity of Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon 2003. In 2004 the addition of four small blocks of Bordeaux varietals farmed by David Abreu at the summit of Howell Mountain formed the core of the first Arietta Claret, the precursor to Arietta Quartet. In 2005 Fritz Hatton and his wife Caren purchased the Kongsgaard’s interest in Arietta, and became sole owners. The highly talented Andy Erickson was invited to become Arietta’s new winemaker, and worked alongside John Kongsgaard for a year before taking the reins in the summer of 2006. Erickson crafted Arietta’s first ever white wine, Arietta “On The White Keys” 2005, from very rare hillside blocks of Sauvignon Blanc on Sonoma Mountain and two tiny old vine Semillon blocks in the Hyde Vineyards in Napa Carneros. Barrel fermented and aged for eight months in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels, the wine was an instant success upon release in the fall of 2006. Arietta’s dynamic development continues with the release of the fabulously rich 2006 vintage, the first bearing winemaker Andy Erickson’s signature from harvest to bottling. Read less

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Vintage: 2007 05/09/2010

Super tight and tannic. Slight juniper berry nose. This wine doesn't seem like it's made from these two varietals. Perhaps it's just too young right now and needs to integrate. - Tasted with Fritz Hatton- Proprietor and Andy Erickson- Winemaker 5/6/10


External Reviews for Arietta Red Blend Napa Valley Variation One

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Vintage: 2006 05/17/2010

(55% syrah and 45% merlot, co-fermented) Good full medium ruby. Wild aromas of black raspberry, game, smoke and gravel. Lush and sweet, with the gamey quality joined by chocolate and roasted herbs on the very ripe palate. Finishes with substantial fine-grained tannins. Big and rich but fresh: winemaker Andy Erickson told me he uses the merlot "to tame and freshen the syrah, and to lower the wine's pH." The blend of 55-60% Syrah and the rest Merlot is called Variation One (450-500 cases produced). The dense purple-hued 2006 Variation One exhibits notes of asphalt, chocolate, blackberries, and forest floor, and an extravagantly rich, full-bodied style with none of the noticeable tannin found in some of the other 2006s. This broad, savory, complex wine should provide provocative drinking over the next 15 or more years. Firm, complex and full-bodied, with spicy, peppery wild berry flavors that walk the line of balance without wavering, ending with firm, dry tannins. Ends with a nice burst of grapey berry fruit and mineral and then some creamy oak. Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made. -JL


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Vintage: 2006 03/03/2010

ST: 94 Points RP: 93 Points WS: 92 Points


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Vintage: 2005 05/11/2011

IWC (92-95)pts. - Good deep ruby-red. Knockout wild nose combines black fruits, violet, mocha, bacon fat and game. Silky on entry, then less obviously sweet in the middle palate than the young 2006, with an insidious intensity to its smoked meat and mocha flavors. Finishes with building tannins. This is rich but in an awkward stage today.


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Vintage: 2004 10/08/2010

a 60/40 blend of merlot and syrah) Good deep medium ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, licorice and dark chocolate, plus a medicinal menthol element. Juicy, tight and backward; this boasts excellent ripeness but is dominated by its acid stru... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2004 Arietta Variation One (Syrah / Merlot) 750ml


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Vintage: 2003 09/22/2010

The 2003 Variation One (60% Merlot and 40% Syrah) exhibits a scorched earth/primordial character in the nose, along with hints of white chocolate, espresso, and black fruits. Pure, rich, and dense, with a singular personality and a complex style, it ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2003 Arietta Variation One (Syrah / Merlot) 750ml


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Vintage: 2001 01/16/2009

...vivid complex aromas, with dense, rich and well-defined fruit flavors... fine tannins and a beautiful core of currant, tar, raspberry, cherry and nutmeg scents... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2001 Arietta Variation One (Syrah / Merlot) 750ml


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Vintage: 2000 03/19/2009

The 2000 Variation One comes from the Hudson Ranch, and is aged in 100% new oak (none of these wines could be called "oaky"). Its dense purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of new saddle leather and roasted meats. Although monolithic, it is me... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2000 Arietta Variation One (Syrah / Merlot) 750ml




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