• SN: 86

    Snooth Editorial Score

    86

    Close

Arietta Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sonoma Mountain On the White Keys 2006

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A complex nose offers up notes of white peach, basil and green tomato. On the palate this is a touch astringent with rich fruit backed up with a touch of wood tannin contributing to a bit of a thick feeling mid-palate though there is fine balancing acids and good length that shows off a bit of creaminess and a round, wood inflected finale. 86pts

Add winemaker's notes
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
3.1 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
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

Editorial Reviews for Arietta Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sonoma Mountain On the White Keys

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,721
3.00 5
08/03/2010

A complex nose offers up notes of white peach, basil and green tomato. On the palate this is a touch astringent with rich fruit backed up with a touch of wood tannin contributing to a bit of a thick feeling mid-palate though there is fine balancing acids and good length that shows off a bit of creaminess and a round, wood inflected finale. 86pts


Member Reviews for Arietta Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sonoma Mountain On the White Keys

Add your review
Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
07/10/2010

Nice, bright nose of grassy fruit. Crisp and delicate on the palate with a great acid attack that awakens your olfactory senses. It's backed up by ripe, crisp fruit. Finishes on a nice gooseberry tone. - Schreiner's Winers 7/7/10


External Reviews for Arietta Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sonoma Mountain On the White Keys

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/18/2010

Charismatic auctioneer Fritz Hatton's love of music is the basis for the play on words for Arietta, all serious wines produced from innovative blends, especially the Variation One. These are distinctive and dramatic wines, and it is good to see a new... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Arietta The White Keys 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/08/2010

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Arietta The White Keys 750ml



All Prices

Shipping to:

Photos

+ Add Image

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »







Snooth Media Network