Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot 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
The latest vintage of Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards shows, in its youth, an alluring balance and finesse, with subtle blue
and black fruit notes married seamlessly with a supporting framework of French oak spice and well-constructed tannins.
While somewhat guarded initially, with time the wine reveals a latent power and mid- palate concentration that will certainly
develop with time in the glass, and with bottle age. The complexity delivered by these thirty-plus-year-old vines is remarkable,
and this latest vintage is just another example of how good this variety can be when grown in the right terroir.
Vinous MediaArietta's 2014 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is gorgeous. Surprisingly, it is also richer, deeper and more pedigreed than the Quartet and Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage. Exquisitely layered and supple, the 2014 possesses striking depth to match its creamy, inviting personality. Layers of plum, black cherry and mocha built into the supple, inviting finish. Naturally, the 2014 is quite young. It can be enjoyed today, but readers who appreciate the complexity that develops only in bottle will have to be patient. – Antonio Galloni (May 2017)