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2003 Arietta Variation One

  • 92 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 70215-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Serl Z
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.

See other similar producers:Tamber Bey Vineyards,Hartwell Estate,Scholium Project

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 462 bottles owned
  • 104 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 104 collectors)