Arietta

(707) 963-5918 PO Box 349
Oakville, CA 94562
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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 Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • This past month Michigan oenophiles helped make the 33rd Detroit International ... at St. Helena, California, Arietta Winery. Works by CSS students and graduates also were auctioned off at the event. Brothers Andrew and Robert Madvin auctioned four their works, two from Andrew, a 2000 graduate of CSS, and two from Robert, a 2008 graduate of CS... Read More

    From the article Record Sales at Detroit Benefit Wine Auction


  • Yep. I think that one of the partners in addition to Hatton was John Kongsgaard. As far as I know, Hatton was in some kind of other business and may have even worked at Zachy's out in NY. He hooked up with Kongsgaard and they got Andy Erickson to make their wine. I think it's purchase fruit from vineyards that they found/liked/etc.Not easy to fi... Read More

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  • Thanks Greg - I was somewhat disappointed that one of the winemakers wasn't going to be in attendance instead of Mr. Hatton, as principal. I need to RSVP and was torn between this and a different event (a winemaker dinner with Thomas Sichta from Chehalem Winery in Oregon). I may splurge and try to attend both if I think they are of sufficient ed... Read More

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  • Well it looks like I may get to attend another wine dinner! Fritz Hatton ... in attendance, representing Arietta wines (Napa). Do you guys know anything about them? I was hoping to do some research in advance.&nbs Read More

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  • This is a topic on which I have strong feelings. I have had wines that were ... ... it was awful. A 2012 Arietta "On the White Keys" didn't deepen at all in the Eurocave and just tasted a bit more oxidized. (It tasted sort of New Zealand like in the beginning which in my book is not a good thing.)In general I have found that the greater the i... Read More

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  • . . . but has anybody participated in, or read about, a blind tasting of multiple samples of the same wine that have been opened for varying amounts of time?Many years ago I subscribed to Stereophile magazine. Not that I could afford the high-end equipment that they reviewed--heck, I could barely afford the magazine subscription--but I enjoy mus... Read More

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  • Arietta Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley H Block Hudson Vineyards 1999

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Arietta Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley H Block Hudson Vineyards 2003

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    Wine review by jamlani


  • Arietta Merlot Napa Valley Hudson Vineyard 2006

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    One of my favorite Merlots. Delicious, full bodied, great example of this varietal. Read More

    Wine review by haze


  • Yes, that is really me in the profile pic. P90X!Anyway, I just found out that I like wine. Who knew? I like Cabs the most. Drop me a note and say HI! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabs RULE!


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