1998 Arietta - Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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1998 Arietta - Merlot Napa Valley

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International Wine Cellar | 92

Saturated medium ruby. Cool but complex nose combines black raspberry, blueberry, leather, game, fresh herbs and sweet oak; distinctly sauvage and fascinating. Less dense than the '99 but still lush and deep; flavors really build in the mouth. Complicating notes of tomato and game. Finishes very long, with impressively smooth tannins for this difficult year.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 90

The 1998 Merlot (400 cases of 95% Merlot and 5% Syrah) makes it debut under the Arietta label. It is a tightly-knit, structured Merlot (remember the outstanding Merlots fashioned when John Kongsgaard was the winemaker at Newton?) revealing expressive aromas and flavors of jammy berry fruit intermixed with chocolate. Full-bodied and rich, yet backward, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15-18 years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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About This Producer


Not quite a newcomer, in terms of the powers behind it, Arietta was founded in 1996 as a partnership between renowned winemaker John Kongsgaard, his wife Maggy, and wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton. The Hudson Ranch (Napa/Carneros) provides the mostly Cabernet Franc of H Block and the Merlot and Syrah of Variation One. Make sure to try some of their first foray into the realm of white On The White Keys which is made from hillside Sauvignon Blanc and old vine Semillon.

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