2005 Arietta - H Block Hudson Vineyard 3.0L

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WA 94   IWC 94   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

This intriguing blend from the famous Hudson Vineyard is 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. A lesson in the complexity of Cabernet Franc is at hand with this brilliant wine. Distinctive and intellectually pleasing notes of mulberry, forest floor, spring flowers and spice jump from the glass of this dark plum/ruby-colored wine with some lightening at the edge. It is medium-bodied, round and generous, with silky tannins and a plush texture. This is how gorgeous Cabernet Franc, when blended with Merlot, can be. Interesting that the alcohol is relatively lofty at 14.8%, which is completely obscured by the wine's sheer elegance and complexity. I'm sure this is going to get a lot better, so drink it over the next 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2015-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($150) Good deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, mocha, minerals, milk chocolate and nutty oak, lifted by sexy spices. Rich, luscious and creamy, with terrific weight in the mouth. Wonderfully supple and mouthcoating wine with smooth, sweet tannins and excellent persistence. This wine is based on 80% cabernet franc, the highest percentage since Arietta's outstanding 1997 red blend, which was indistinguishable from a topnotch St. Emilion when I last tasted it a year ago.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Sage, violet, white chocolate, and some anise. Very full bodied with nice rounded edges. This would do with a few more years of ageing.

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Average rating: 94, based on 3 reviews
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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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