2003 Arietta - H Block Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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WA 93   IWC 92(+?)   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard (a 500-case blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as aromas of sassafras, underbrush, menthol, cassis, crushed rocks, and graphite. Although more closed than it was last year out of barrel, it reveals a beautiful texture, an explosively rich style, and a long, pure finish. I would not be surprised to see this wine merit a score in the mid-nineties once it sheds some of its tannin.

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($125) Good full ruby-red. Brooding, pure aromas of black fruits, licorice and shoe polish; this smells like young, austere Bordeaux. Then slightly reduced and tightly wound in the mouth and currently dominated by its powerful structure. There are intense black fruits here, but the wine is in an awkward stage today, with the tannins currently dominating. Almost certainly better than it's showing: I'd wait at least three or four years before pulling the cork.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: NCL
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/18/2011
Drink Dates:
not notable

Rating: 94
Author: qiiidad
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/07/2008
big wine with chocolate and coffee...still very chewy...definitely a food wine and go much longer

Rating: 89
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/01/2010
Pleasing bouquet but falls short on the palette. Thick and harsh with immature tannins, almost hot for only 14.1% alcohol. Fruit weak and (therefore I do not believe it will improve much) and although a very long finish, not a terribly pleasant one. Disappointing overall.

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

291 bottles owned by 86 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

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