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Arietta White Wine On The White Keys, Artists' Reserve 2013

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Arietta’s reserve white wine benefits from an extra twelve months of aging in French oak barrels. It is aromatically flamboyant, offering notes of white flowers, key lime, gooseberry, and candied orange peel. The wine explodes on the palate, with delicious lemon flavors, peach, walnut oil, and thyme. The wood component is secondary, and very integrated, while secondary characters such as lemon grass, sage, and wood resin reside under the surface. This is an exceedingly hedonistic wine that will continue to gain in sophistication after two to four years in bottle.

Blend: 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon
Fruit Source: Hyde Vineyard, Farina Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles
Cooperage: Aged ten months in 45% new French oak, 37% neutral French oak, and 18% stainless steel barrels, followed by twelve months in 100% second use French oak barrels
Production: 260 cases

Arietta Red Wine Quartet 2013

Arietta’s Bordeaux-styled red wine “Quartet” is a cherubic offspring of the fabulous 2013 vintage in Napa. The 2013 vintage in Napa provided nearly perfect growing conditions, with a moderate spring, a long Indian summer, very little rain, and few heat spikes. Visually, the 2013 Arietta Quartet displays an intense garnet color, fading into soft plum terra cotta. The nose offers aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries freshly picked in the heat of afternoon sun, with nuances of flint and cherry cola. On the palate, the Arietta Quartet suggests red plum, blackberry cordial, cocoa, black licorice, supported by persistent, silky tannins from the already well integrated French oak. The Cabernet Franc in the blend arrives at the finish to provide hints of Provencal herbs.

Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot
Fruit Sources: Coombsville, Carneros and Calistoga
Cooperage: Aged 22 months in French oak, 50% new
Production: 864 cases

Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards 2013

This rare single block, single vineyard Merlot offers a persistent vibrancy, a blue-purple hue, a fresh, mouthwatering acidity, and a lingering finish with notes of raspberry tart and confectioner’s sugar. The bright, complex, fruit-focused aromas reveal layers of marzipan, blackberry, leather, lavender and musk. The flavors are focused, rich and emboldened by chewy, medium-grain tannins. A wine of power and sophistication, the Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards 2013 is the finest possible expression of the thirty year old vines planted on its singular site in Carneros.

Blend: 100% Merlot
Fruit Source: 100% Hudson Vineyard, Carneros
Cooperage: Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 42% new
Production: 220 cases

Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Coming from the relatively cool climate of Coombsville in Napa’s southeastern corner, the 2013 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the best attributes of this heralded variety. Aromas of mint, smoke, dark black fruits and sandalwood rise from the glass even as the wine is poured. Notes of black tea, vanilla bean and forest floor follow on the palate. This is a highly perfumed, complex red wine, with firm tannins that build on the finish – a good sign for long aging.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit Source: 100% Coombsville
Cooperage: Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 80% new
Production: 420 cases

Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson Vineyards 2013

At almost 30 years in age, the Cabernet Franc vines in the H Block at Lee Hudson’s famed Napa Valley ranch excelled in the dry 2013 vintage, producing fruit with surprising balance, freshness, and aromatic expression. The stress level on the vines made for great concentration and a vibrant blue-purple hue in the wine. With all the concentration of flavor and aromatic intensity, the wine has an old-world demeanor, favoring grace and balance over power and heft. The structured finish is a sure indication that this latest incarnation of H Block will live for decades to come, continuously unfurling to reveal new aromas and sensations.

Blend: 54% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot
Fruit Source: 100% Hudson Vineyard, Carneros
Cooperage: Aged 21 months in French oak barrels. 78% new
Production: 370 cases

Arietta Red Wine Variation One 2013

A blend of 52% Syrah and 48% Merlot from Hudson Vineyards, the 2013 Variation One is a powerhouse. But for all its dark, brooding character and solid build, this wine is surprisingly bright and fresh on the palate, with flavors of red cherries, roasted meat, and orange liqueur and chocolate. It continues to open and reveal notes of campfire, baked fruits, and wet gravel. Tannins are dry and firm, helping to bolster the broad, expansive impression.

Blend: 52% Syrah, 48% Merlot
Fruit Source: 100% Hudson Vineyard, Carneros
Cooperage: Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
Production: 86 cases