Arietta

H Block Hudson Vineyards Cabernet Franc Merlot

9.2159 ratings
9.247 pro ratings
Carneros, North Coast, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Blue Cheese
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Robin Gerber

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9.7

Decanted the heck out of this and it has many years to go but with enough air it is drinking brilliantly! Vibrant, balanced, and beautiful.

Decanted the heck out of this and it has many years to go but with enough air it is drinking brilliantly! Vibrant, balanced, and beautiful.

Apr 9th, 2020
Shay A
9.3

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Obviously in a similar vein to the other two, this was drinking perfectly. Very Bordeaux like. Abundance of flowers, tar, charcoal, aged black cherries and mocha aromatics. More of the same on the palate with added pipe tobacco, some tangy rhubarb, and black pepper at the finish. Drink now and enjoy.

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Obviously in a similar vein to the other two, this was drinking perfectly. Very Bordeaux like. Abundance of flowers, tar, charcoal, aged black cherries and mocha aromatics. More of the same on the palate with added pipe tobacco, some tangy rhubarb, and black pepper at the finish. Drink now and enjoy.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

This felt like it was just starting to hit its drinking window. Very pretty and aromatic. Potpourri, lavender, dusted dark cocoa bits, plum and savory smoke on the nose with underripe blackberries, baking spices and nutmeg. Lovely.

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

This felt like it was just starting to hit its drinking window. Very pretty and aromatic. Potpourri, lavender, dusted dark cocoa bits, plum and savory smoke on the nose with underripe blackberries, baking spices and nutmeg. Lovely.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Shay A
9.3

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Lots of potential here but crazy youthful. H Block is CabFranc and merlot co-fermented. At this age, it was really fuzzy and nervy. Bouquet of violets and mulberry but also pepper spice and chalky tannins. This will get more floral but some dark cocoa notes started to show toward the end.

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Lots of potential here but crazy youthful. H Block is CabFranc and merlot co-fermented. At this age, it was really fuzzy and nervy. Bouquet of violets and mulberry but also pepper spice and chalky tannins. This will get more floral but some dark cocoa notes started to show toward the end.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Ellen Clifford

Hi there, shall we light incense and put flowers in our hair and think deep thoughts while eating various herbal pastes upon roasting meat? I don’t actually quite remember what roasting meat tastes like but I’ve smelled it and this steak has a good deal of pepper and aforementioned herbal paste. Licorice for dessert. This wine is sensual and a little mysterious much like my soul aspires to be. Excuse me. I’m going to go light a candle.

Hi there, shall we light incense and put flowers in our hair and think deep thoughts while eating various herbal pastes upon roasting meat? I don’t actually quite remember what roasting meat tastes like but I’ve smelled it and this steak has a good deal of pepper and aforementioned herbal paste. Licorice for dessert. This wine is sensual and a little mysterious much like my soul aspires to be. Excuse me. I’m going to go light a candle.

Aug 18th, 2019
Joe Lucca

Sensual nose; campfire, pen ink, roasted herbs, jerky, toasted oak, blueberry tart, cooked blackberries, Asian spices, puff pastry. The palate is nicely layered. All the same flavors of the nose along with red currants, bramble berry, and white pepper. In a really nice place right now.

Sensual nose; campfire, pen ink, roasted herbs, jerky, toasted oak, blueberry tart, cooked blackberries, Asian spices, puff pastry. The palate is nicely layered. All the same flavors of the nose along with red currants, bramble berry, and white pepper. In a really nice place right now.

Feb 17th, 2019
Phillip Cooper

Yum...!! Showing beautifully... probably should have laid it down for a few more years, but glad I didn’t. It’s singing now.

Yum...!! Showing beautifully... probably should have laid it down for a few more years, but glad I didn’t. It’s singing now.

Apr 25th, 2018
David L

14’ If you choose to enjoy this anytime soon a double decanting would be wise. Love to open a bottle in 5 years.

14’ If you choose to enjoy this anytime soon a double decanting would be wise. Love to open a bottle in 5 years.

Feb 23rd, 2018
Eric Oldfield

Eric had this 4 years ago

Eric had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJan 10th, 2016
Jay Snyder

Drank a vertical flight from ,06-'08, and this stole the show. Well balanced, with plenty of ripe berry and plumb. Fantastic wine.

Drank a vertical flight from ,06-'08, and this stole the show. Well balanced, with plenty of ripe berry and plumb. Fantastic wine.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2015