Arietta Quartet 2016 | Andy Erickson’s Mouthwatering 94 point Red Blend
Arietta Quartet 2016 comes from an absolutely riveting vintage in Napa. First, saturated deep ruby-purple in color. Next, sumptuous aromas of red, black, and blue fruits, tinged with crème de cassis, wild crushed herbs, and muddled plums. Mouthfilling and broad on the attack. While loaded with a mouthwatering mix of blueberry compote, blackberry, and black cherry fruit. And integrated new wood cedar. Plus beautifully silky tannins weave themselves around a crushed graphite mineral edge, tinged again with savory crushed herbs and brown spices. Finally, the finish reveals a delicate red floral perfumed note. Better to hold off for another six months and can be enjoyed another 10-15 years.
94 Wine Advocate | The Arietta Quartet 2016 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black in color, it features youthful, vivacious black and red currants notions with an undercurrent of black plums, mulberries, Indian spices, and fragrant earth plus wafts of tobacco and new leather. Full-bodied and laden with decadent black fruit and spicy layers, it has a velvety backbone and long spicy finish.
Arietta’s wines grace the luminary wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants like Per Se, The Modern, Jean-Georges, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, The French Laundry, and The Restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley—to name just a few.
Founded in 1996 by music-loving friends Fritz and Caren Hatton and John and Maggy Kongsgaard. First, the Arietta wines earned instant recognition for their balance, elegance, and expressiveness. Erickson took the winemaking reins in 2005. Robert Parker counts himself a fan, calling them “powerful,” and “authoritative,” while Antonio Galloni adds “fabulous,” “absolutely gorgeous,” and Stephen Tanzer declares them “always splendid.”
Winemaker Andy Erickson
While a list of the perfect 100-point and near-perfect critical scores that Winemaker Andy Erickson has received in his career would take up an entire page. As a winemaker, my goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites where I work. While I am fortunate to travel and work with wineries around the world. Yet I feel lucky to call Napa my home.