Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot 2015  Front Label
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Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot 2015

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Winemaker Notes

This youthful offering from Hudson Vineyards is deep, dark, and at the same time bright and aromatic. From the glass, the wine offers notes of red cherry, slate, flint, and caramel. On the palate, it is compact, clean and well defined, the red fruit character giving way to notes of nutmeg and burning embers. With time in the glass, and certainly with bottle age, the wine will open up and become more complex, broad, and expressive.

Blend: 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

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COMMENTARY: With the pedigree of the Hudson Vineyards, the 2015 Arietta Merlot was already a banker. All I needed to do was to taste the wine and confirm the facts. TASTING NOTES: This wine is bright and elegant. Its aromas and flavors of pure red fruit and lively minerality make it a nice choice with a piquant roast duck. (Tasted: September 17, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Arietta, California
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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