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1997 Arietta - Red Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

IWC 94
WS 89
WA 91
Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2012 WA: 2000-2015 WS: 2001-2008
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90

Bright ruby-red. Superripe franc aromas of black plum, brown sugar, iron, lead pencil and tobacco; distinct suggestion of surmaturite. Explosively fruity but there's much more than simply fruit going on here; conveys an almost painful intensity of flavor. A huge wine with no excess weight; juicy, sharply delineated, and classy. Rather like a ripe-year Cheval Blanc. Extremely long finish features big, ripe tannins that spread over the entire palate. Kongsgaard pays by the acre here and does severe crop-thinning, so even in the generous '97 growing season the yield from these vines was just 2.5 tons per acre.

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WA 91
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 126
Drink Dates 2000-2015

Kongsgaard and his partner, Fritz Hatten (whom readers may know from his association with Christie's auction house), produce the wine called Arietta. In 1997, production was about 450 cases. Beethoven was blaring from speakers situated throughout the winery as I tasted this wine. Kongsgaard says the Arietta may have a Beethoven label, but it is Wagnerian in style. A blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. Aromatic, with scents of black currants, cherries, flowers, leather, and spice, the stunningly rich, full-bodied Arietta displays both power and elegance. Its sweet tannin, finesse, and suppleness argue for near-term consumption, but it possesses the length and inner depth to last for 15 or more years. Everything is sold via a mailing list.

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WS 89
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2001-2008

Young and backward, though the earthy, meaty berry, anise, plum and currant flavors fold together nicely and may become even more complex and intriguing. Cellar short-term. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. 700 cases made.

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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.761%
Tasted On 12/06/2008
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Author Ron V
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/29/2004
Drink Dates 2006-2012

I can see how this wine would be very appealing to California wine afficionados for its brazen burly character. I found it to be every bit as big and 'in your face' as his chardonnay and syrah. Sort of a strange style-no true finesse.

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