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Arietta Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Claret 2005

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92 Points Robert Parker: The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (the same blend as the 2004) offers a note of crushed rocks intermixed with plum animal fat black currant cherry incense Chinese black tea and toasty oak. It is elegant medium-bodied and refreshing with a Bordeaux-like austerity in the finish. This wine needs 2-4 years of bottle age and should drink well for 15 or more.

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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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External Reviews for Arietta Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Claret

External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

92 Points Robert Parker: The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (the same blend as the 2004) offers a note of crushed rocks intermixed with plum animal fat black currant cherry incense Chinese black tea and toasty oak. It is elegant medium-bodied and refreshing with a Bordeaux-like austerity in the finish. This wine needs 2-4 years of bottle age and should drink well for 15 or more.


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

92RP no further case discount


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
06/01/2012

Deep ruby-red. Aromatic nose features cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and spices. Lush, rich and stuffed with fruit, but with underlying minerality and harmonious acidity giving life to the middle palate.



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92 Points Robert Parker: The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (the same blend as the 2004) offers a note of crushed rocks intermixed with plum animal fat black currant cherry incense Chinese black tea and toasty oak. It is elegant medium-bodied and refreshing with a Bordeaux-like austerity in the finish. This wine needs 2-4 years of bottle age and should drink well for 15 or more.

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