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2005 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 88 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 141604-2005-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($125; a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cab franc and 6% petit verdot) Deep ruby-red. Aromatic nose features cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and spices. Lush, rich and stuffed with fruit, but with underlying minerality and harmonious acidity giving life to the middle palate. Intriguing floral and dried sage notes add complexity. A solidly built midweight with some youthfully firm tannins that reach the front teeth. The 2006 may have more tannins and sheer size but this wine is also in need of patience.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is very Bordeaux-like, but somewhat austere and overly tannic at this stage. The impressive minerality and sweet black currant and cherry fruit are there, but the wine comes across as slightly hard and tough. I am not sure this one will flesh out as much as one would hope, but it has potential. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 362 bottles owned
    • 65 collectors