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2005 Arietta Variation One

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 70215-2005

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$59.95

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($100; a 70/30 blend of syrah and merlot) Good deep ruby-red. Knockout wild nose combines black fruits, violet, mocha, bacon fat and game. Silky on entry, then less obviously sweet in the middle palate than the young 2006, with an insidious intensity to its smoked meat and mocha flavors. Finishes with building tannins. This is rich but in an awkward stage today.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The most interesting blend is the co-fermented version of Syrah and Merlot, the Variation One. The 2005 Variation One exhibits musty, moss-ridden forest floor notes intermixed with pepper, earth, and black fruits. The wine is rich, extremely complex, but I have the feeling this is a love-it-or-leave-it type of wine, given its rather distinctive aromatics. It is pure in the mouth, with some slightly austere Bordeaux-like tannins, but good delineation. This wine needs 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 15 or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Much better than expected. Drank well. Decanted for about one hour first, then just yummy.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Old school Napa Bordeaux blend. Reminds me of library filled with dust filled classics. Still has ways t go in terms of age. Had with Spanish food (paella) and it overwhelmed even that.
    Author: Adriel L
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

  • 284 bottles owned
  • 62 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 62 collectors)