Arietta Red Wine Quartet 2014 (750ml/12)
Arietta, an ultra-premium Napa winery specializing in limited production Bordeaux-style blends, is owned by wine specialist and auctioneer Fritz Hatton and his wife Caren. One of America’s most celebrated winemakers, Andy Erickson, crafts the Arietta wines from carefully chosen blocks in the cooler climates of Napa Valley. The Arietta wine portfolio currently consists of four red wines—H Block Hudson, Variation One, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Quartet—and one white wine, On The White Keys. The ...New York, New Jersey
2014 was a textbook California growing season, albeit unusually early. Rains in February and March some of the only
measurable rain to fall during California s five-year drought helped recharge groundwater reserves, allowing the vines to
build a strong framework upon which a healthy crop was able to set. After early April, we saw essentially no precipitation for
nearly six months. Temperatures were on the warm side, but only one day during ripening saw the thermometer rise into triple
digits. These conditions made for even maturation and intense varietal expression.
The 2014 Arietta Quartet, a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, shows
energy, brightness, and core strength. Its vibrant red-purple hue and remarkable density reveal the wine s inherent power. It is
aromatically fresh and expressive, while still maintaining a precision and focus. Red cherry, raspberry, and just-picked
blackberry are at the forefront when the wine is first poured. Notes of black licorice, cinnamon, and dark chocolate mark the
palate, along with red and black fruit flavors. The vintage is evident in the wine s generous acidity, which punctuates the
many layers of fruit and spice in the wine, and adds to its overall structure and ageablity. This Quartet, while certainly very
enjoyable now, will age for 15-20 years.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Proprietary Red Quartet, a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, is a wonderfully juicy wine showing plenty of cherries, blackcurrants, spice, supple tannins and a whiff of oak in the background. The wine is round and borderline opulent, but elegant, complex and already charming and seductive drinking. The color is deep ruby, plum/purple. This is a quintessentially elegant wine that can be found in Northern California and certainly Fritz Hatton has done it. Drink it over the next 8-10 years. – Robert Parker (December 2016)