Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Red Blend 2015 Front Label
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Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Red Blend 2015

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Winemaker Notes

The vines proved their resilience in 2015, working their way through the driest growing season on record in California. In the end, the vines seemed to find the resources necessary to ripena balanced but fairly limited crop. The grapes at harvest were intensely perfumed, with small berries and ample acidity. The wines are a reflection of the stalwart nature of the Arietta vineyard blocks: overtly aromatic, richly textured, and packed with generous black fruit flavors.

Blend: 68% Cabernet Franc and 32% Merlot.

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JS 95
James Suckling
The nose here shows lavender, dragon fruit, peppermint, milk chocolate, thyme and ivy. A linear, impeccably polished palate with lots of crunchy blue fruit, grainy tannins, fresh acidity and a mineral-driven finish. So refined. A blend of 68% cabernet franc, 32% merlot.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 H Block Proprietary Blend from winemaker Andy Erickson is easily the most complete in the lineup and it's beautifully balanced and lengthy. Black cherries, plums, dried earth, spice and licorice notes all emerge from this beauty and I love its mid-palate, balance and finish. Like the Cabernet Sauvignon, it's young and a touch closed, so give bottles 3-4 years of cellaring. The blend is 68% Cabernet Franc and 32% Merlot, all from the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, aged 22 months in 78% new French oak.
Rating: 94+
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Arietta Proprieters Caren and Fritz Hatton Winery Image
The Arietta project is owned and run by the Kongsgaard and Hatton families. John Kongsgaard, winemaker, is a fifth generation Napan, but the first in his family to make wine. Kongsgaard has grown grapes since 1975 and made wine professionally since 1979, notably for thirteen vintages at Newton and five at Luna, as well as looking after numerous clients as a viticultural and enological consultant. Since founding Arietta and Kongsgaard in 1996, he has limited wine production to that which he can make with his own hands. In 2000, Kongsgaard stopped all consulting activities, devoting himself solely to twenty-eight acres of vineyard and the resulting Arietta and Kongsgaard wines.

Fritz Hatton is the nation's foremost wine auctioneer. He worked for Christie's for most of the last two decades and was in charge of Christie's U.S. wine auctions from 1995 to 1998. In the spring of 2002, Hatton joined the prominent retailer, Zachy's, as auctioneer and consultant to Zachy's Auctions, Inc. He serves as principal auctioneer for the Napa Valley Wine Auction and conducts numerous other charity wine auctions across the U.S. Hatton is responsible for the sales and distribution of the Arietta and Kongsgaard wines and shares the marketing duties with Kongsgaard.

The partners came together through their love of music. Fritz is a serious amateur pianist and singer, and the Kongsgaards present a ten concert classical music series in Napa. Their friendship in music is reflected in the Arietta wine label: Beethoven's manuscript of the sublime Arietta movement of his last piano sonata, Opus 111.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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