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2008 Arietta Variation One

  • 92 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 70215-2008-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (a 55/45 blend of syrah and merlot): Full ruby-red. Ripe aromas of black plum, violet and spices lifted by piquant notes of pepper, citrus peel and dried herbs. Firmly built and energetic, with fruit of steel. This boasts outstanding inner-mouth energy and a powerful spine for aging. A sexy suggestion of white fruits adds interest. Finishes long and perfumed, with excellent lift. A superb showing, but there's more to come for the patient collector.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Merlot, all from the Hudson Vineyard in southern Napa is the 2008 Variation One. The trick is to co-ferment both Syrah and Merlot, and it has resulted in a meaty, blackberry, black cherry-scented wine with some notes of lard, jus de viande, and spring flowers. It is an interesting, layered, medium to full-bodied wine that is already delicious and should continue to age well for a decade or more.
    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

    • 26 bottles owned
    • 11 collectors