One of the most intensely aromatic Sauvignons we have tasted in a long time, this is a gem that Vinous called “… gorgeous. Rich and pliant on the palate, with terrific overall depth, the 2016 is super-expressive today. Candied lemon, white flowers, and crushed rocks shape this very pretty, nuanced Sauvignon Blanc-based white.”
By now you're likely familiar with the Arietta label, which was born out of a friendship/partnership between wine specialist and auctioneer Fritz Hatton and winemaker John Kongsgaard. Both lovers of classical music and classic wines, their inspiration for Arietta is rooted in a special 2.3 acre block of Cabernet Franc on Lee Hudson's iconic Carneros ranch. In 2005 Fritz Hatton and wife Caren bought out the Kongsgaard family's interest in Arietta and brought on former Harlan Estate powerhouse Andy Erickson as winemaker (he's also the man behind Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle, as well). We hope you enjoy their wines as much as we do.
Arietta's 2016 On The White Keys is gorgeous. Rich and pliant on the palate, with terrific overall depth, the 2016 is super-expressive today. Candied lemon, white flowers, crushed rocks and a hint of reduction shape this very pretty, nuanced Sauvignon Blanc-based white. A dollop of Sémillon rounds out the blend. In this vintage, the Sauvignon Blanc character is quite evident.