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Arietta Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley H Block Hudson Vineyards 2004

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Notes on the Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley Red Table Wine 2004 : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 89 POINTS The 2004 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard, which is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, has a dark ruby/purple color and an elegant herbal, blueberry, and raspberry-scented nose with some lead pencil shavings and earth. It lacks the intensity and depth of the finest vintages, but if drunk as a charming, front-end loaded wine, it should provide pleasure for the next 7-8 years. WA # , #168 (Dec 2006) Drink 2006 - 2014 Robert ParkerWINEMAKER NOTES: Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet Franc is solely from the 2.3 acre Hudson Vineyards H Block, a shy-bearing, volcanic, southwest facing slope, which naturally yields just three tons per acre. The Merlot is grown in the Hudson Vineyards N Block, about 100 yards away. Typically, the two fields are picked simultaneously and co-fermented, assuring a marriage of the varieties. The Cabernet Franc provides the cassis, blueberry, brown sugar character, while the Merlot brings dark chocolate to the aroma and a chewy richness to the finish. Harvested near the extreme of ripeness, the wine is fermented with its indigenous yeast, macerated with the skins for six weeks, and then aged for two years in all new French oak barrels. Naturally clarified by traditional Bordeaux racking, the blend is bottled without fining or filtration. The intense concentration masks the substantial tannin, allowing the wine to be served young and to age in bottle for 10 or more years.ARIETTA H BLOCK HUDSON VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY RED TABLE WINE 2004

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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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Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 2004 - Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/12/2009

(a 60/40 blend of cabernet franc and merlot) Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, dark chocolate and brown sugar. Superconcentrated, sweet and spicy, with a captivating sugar/acid balance. The violet and cassis flavors ar... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2004 Arietta Arietta Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard 750ml


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Red wine 2004 Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson USA Region: California Apellation: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml. Free Shipping Insurance


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08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2004 - Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.



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Notes on the Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley Red Table Wine 2004 : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 89 POINTS The 2004 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard, which is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, has a dark ruby/purple color and an elegant herbal, blueberry, and raspberry-scented nose with some lead pencil shavings and earth. It lacks the intensity and depth of the finest vintages, but if drunk as a charming, front-end loaded wine, it should provide pleasure for the next 7-8 years. WA # , #168 (Dec 2006) Drink 2006 - 2014 Robert ParkerWINEMAKER NOTES: Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet Franc is solely from the 2.3 acre Hudson Vineyards H Block, a shy-bearing, volcanic, southwest facing slope, which naturally yields just three tons per acre. The Merlot is grown in the Hudson Vineyards N Block, about 100 yards away. Typically, the two fields are picked simultaneously and co-fermented, assuring a marriage of the varieties. The Cabernet Franc provides the cassis, blueberry, brown sugar character, while the Merlot brings dark chocolate to the aroma and a chewy richness to the finish. Harvested near the extreme of ripeness, the wine is fermented with its indigenous yeast, macerated with the skins for six weeks, and then aged for two years in all new French oak barrels. Naturally clarified by traditional Bordeaux racking, the blend is bottled without fining or filtration. The intense concentration masks the substantial tannin, allowing the wine to be served young and to age in bottle for 10 or more years.ARIETTA H BLOCK HUDSON VINEYARDS NAPA VALLEY RED TABLE WINE 2004

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