2010 Arietta Quartet Napa Valley Red Blend 750ml
Arietta was founded in 1996 by Fritz Hatton with John and Maggie Kongsgaard, who were brought together by their love of music and a passion for wine. Named after Beethoven’s sublime last piano sonata, Arietta produces wines which represent the pinnacle of Napa Valley, modeling their winemaking style after Beethoven’s subtle words: “Adagio, molto semplice e cantabile” which translates into: “slowly, very simply and songfully.” Now joined by winemaker, Andy Erickson (Leviathan, Dalle Valle, Screaming Eagle) Arietta is hitting new highs with exceptional wines yet in exceptionally small amounts.
With this fourth vintage of Arietta Red Wine “Quartet” we introduce a new primary vineyard source: three acres of closely spaced vines planted by viticulturist David Abreu in 2003. The vineyard, located in the relatively cool climate of Coombsville, was planted as if it had been designed for Arietta Quartet: just under two acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clones 4 and 337), a half-acre of Merlot, and a quarter acre each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The fruit produces wine which is plush and classy without being heavy - ideal for Quartet, which is made to be approachable upon release. We spend many happy hours blending Arietta Quartet, which is composed of numerous small lots. The judicious addition of fruit from Arietta’s sources in Calistoga and Carneros adds depth, balance, and complexity. Ready to enjoy now, the Arietta Quartet 2009 should evolve beautifully in bottle for five to ten years.
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2010 Quartet emerges from the glass with layers of expressive dark red fruit, spices, crushed flowers and licorice. This is another pretty wine, although it doesn’t quite have the distinction of the very best selections in this range. In 2010, the Quartet is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022.