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2003 Arietta - Variation One 750ml
2003 Arietta - Variation One
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 Arietta - Variation One
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($100) Medium ruby. The nose is at once cool and exotic, with expressive, explosive aromas of black cherry, raspberry, smoked meat, iris and brown spices. Wonderfully sweet and dense in the mouth, saturating every square millimeter of the palate. A magical combination of syrah energy and merlot breadth. Finishes horizontal and with great persistence, with a strong element of baking spices. A great California red blend.

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WA
92

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 162

The 2003 Variation One (60% Merlot and 40% Syrah) exhibits a scorched earth/primordial character in the nose, along with hints of white chocolate, espresso, and black fruits. Pure, rich, and dense, with a singular personality and a complex style, it is firmer and more tightly knit than it was from barrel. Give it another 1-2 years of bottle age and consume over the next 10-12 years.

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Community Reviews

90

Serl Z Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 07/18/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2025

may be delicious in the future ; definitely has lots of great fruit and depth, but these are currently overpowered by tannins. wait another 2-3 years or decant for hours.

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