2018 Arietta 'Quartet' Proprietary Red Napa Valley

$69.95
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This impressive entry-level wine from Arietta shows all the passion and skill Andy Erickson brought to Screaming Eagle. Harmonious from start to finish with impeccable balance. The bouquet is floral and savory in turn, swirling around a ripe plum core. This hedonistic delight just sings in the glass and demands a spot in your lineup.

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.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Andy Erickson
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French oak barrels, 30% new
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
14.9%
SKU #:
1045014
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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Wine Spectator

Blue fruit with some bark and ash undertones on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with tight tannins and a medium finish. Shows leanness and firmness at the end. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Drink or hold.

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Wine Enthusiast

This blends 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot into a cohesive whole of complex structure and grace. Cedar, pencil shavings, iron and crushed rock provide a savory foundation complemented by lush richness in the form of dense blueberry, dark chocolate and nutmeg. Enjoy best from 2028–2035.

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Vinous

The 2018 Red Blend Quartet is plump, juicy and forward, all of which make it an absolute joy to taste now. Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, spice and licorice flesh out in this succulent red blend from Arietta. Bright floral notes and a kick of red fruit liven up the finish. Drinking window: 2020 - 2028.

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Jeb Dunnuck

Functioning as the second wine of this estate, the 2018 Red Blend Quartet checks in as 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the remaining 1% Petit Verdot. Lots of red and black fruits, leafy herbs, spring flowers, and sandalwood notes emerge from the glass, and on the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied and has a supple, elegant, seamless texture as well as nicely integrated acidity and just a great finish. It’s undeniably delicious today yet should evolve gracefully for 10-15 years in cold cellars.

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James Suckling

Blue fruit with some bark and ash undertones on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with tight tannins and a medium finish. Shows leanness and firmness at the end. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Drink or hold.

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Wine Advocate

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Quartet offers up expressive scents of stewed plums, warm cassis, boysenberries and blackberry preserves with hints of sautéed herbs, spice cake and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a racy backbone and rounded tannins that support the baked berry flavors, finishing on a savory, dried herbs note.