Grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Region: California> Napa Valley> 42% Coombsville, 29% Carneros, 29% Calistoga. Notes: Aged in 70% new French oak barrels, Made by Andy Erickson formerly of Screaming
Description: Arietta is an super, ultra-premium Napa Valley winery specializing in limited production Bordeaux-style blends. Family-owned by famous auctioneer and wine specialist Fritz Hatton and his wife Caren. The history of Arietta is just short of amazing, starting with a partnership with winemaker John Kongsgaard and consulting viticulturist David Abreu. By working with these two Napa Valley giants, Fritz aimed to find the perfect place to grow vines, one whose terroir and character would produce great wines. The 2010 Quartet is believed to be Fritz's best vintage since its inception. A Bordeaux varietal blend with the core of the fruit from Coombsville, this excellent wine has finesse and balance and a seamless feel and taste. Aromas are intoxicating and the wine is powerful, yet restrained. Approachable upon release but built to gracefully age for ten years or more.