Arietta

Quartet Merlot Cabernet Franc

9.2217 ratings
9.135 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
Mike Coffey

Independent Wine Consultant & Sommelier

9.2

Needs plenty of time to open but, once it does she is beautiful.

Needs plenty of time to open but, once it does she is beautiful.

Feb 9th, 2018
Stefan Dolhain

2007 vintage. Arietta's "entry level" Bordeaux blend from David Abreu's Howell Mountain vineyard, blended with remains of his Hudson vineyard (at the time). 51% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Intense perfume with big black fruit, pencil lead, cedar wood and a gentle touch of vanilla. Full-bodied with layers of rich dark fruit, subtle spices, fresh balancing acidity and a long mineral finish. Very impressive indeed.

2007 vintage. Arietta's "entry level" Bordeaux blend from David Abreu's Howell Mountain vineyard, blended with remains of his Hudson vineyard (at the time). 51% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Intense perfume with big black fruit, pencil lead, cedar wood and a gentle touch of vanilla. Full-bodied with layers of rich dark fruit, subtle spices, fresh balancing acidity and a long mineral finish. Very impressive indeed.

Aug 31st, 2017
Zach Cherry

Account Manager Worldwide Wine & Spirits

8.9

2013 Vintage. Decent wine that had pretty good balance between fruit and nonfruit notes. Dark, rich but with pencil shaving and grainy tannins. Good, but was lacking a "wow" factor. Don't think it earns its price tag.

2013 Vintage. Decent wine that had pretty good balance between fruit and nonfruit notes. Dark, rich but with pencil shaving and grainy tannins. Good, but was lacking a "wow" factor. Don't think it earns its price tag.

1 person found it helpfulSep 28th, 2016
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.1

My 3000th wine here in 2 years and 9 months!

My 3000th wine here in 2 years and 9 months!

1 person found it helpfulDec 13th, 2015
Olya S. Troxel

Cabernet based blend. Dark cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, cedar, earth, roasted coffee beans, pencil shavings. Great complexity, elegant, well-balanced. Med+ body, smooth on the palate. Excellent mix of 2 styles: Napa fruit based Cab blend and typical earthy Bordeaux blend. Consistent quality of Arietta wines!

Cabernet based blend. Dark cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, cedar, earth, roasted coffee beans, pencil shavings. Great complexity, elegant, well-balanced. Med+ body, smooth on the palate. Excellent mix of 2 styles: Napa fruit based Cab blend and typical earthy Bordeaux blend. Consistent quality of Arietta wines!

1 person found it helpfulAug 18th, 2015
Timothy Sorek

Big fruit and oak. Easy drinking now, but will reward those who wait.

Big fruit and oak. Easy drinking now, but will reward those who wait.

Jun 21st, 2016
Will Atkinson

Massive. Will remove enamel from teeth. This will be amazing in a decade.

Massive. Will remove enamel from teeth. This will be amazing in a decade.

Nov 4th, 2015
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.2

Really impressive - big and rich but with definition and structure in place for aging.

Really impressive - big and rich but with definition and structure in place for aging.

Oct 28th, 2015
Joon Lim

2009 vintage. Leaner than the 2010. It has acidity and pencil lead minerality. Stark contrast to the fruit forward 2010.

2009 vintage. Leaner than the 2010. It has acidity and pencil lead minerality. Stark contrast to the fruit forward 2010.

Oct 7th, 2015
Joon Lim

2010 vintage, very rich and generous with ripe blueberry fruit and mocha.

2010 vintage, very rich and generous with ripe blueberry fruit and mocha.

Oct 7th, 2015