Arietta Wine Napa Valley
John KONGSGAARD consults widely for other wineries as well as producing some superb Rhône styles under his own label. Here he has established a partnership with Fritz Hatton to produce very small-scale, high-quality reds modelled mainly on the wines of Bordeaux. The Merlot is 100% varietal, dark, cedary, exceptionally balanced and very long and complex. The Hudson H Block is more Saint-Emilion than Pomerol in style; it blends Cabernet Franc with the balance Merlot. It is the firmest of the trio. The Variation One is dominated by Syrah and blended unusually with Merlot. Opulent, exotic and loaded with smoky, dark fruit it is the most approachable of the wines. Given some of the stratospheric prices elsewhere, the wines look like pretty good value. All will benefit from at least 4–5 years’ cellaring and will keep very well. A varietal Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced and there is a pricey 88 Keys made from just two select barrels. Quartet combines the two Cabernets with Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot while a white, On The White Keys, is a white Bordeaux lookalike coming from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. (DM)
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