Arietta Quartet 2018 | by 100pt Screaming Eagle legend Andy Erickson
Arietta Quartet 2018 pours a beautifully deep purple-ruby color in the glass. Opulent and youthful aromas of black currant, wild plums, toast, graphite, exotic spices, vanilla, and oakmoss open invitingly with a little air. Bold but not big, the wine brilliantly balances firm tannic structure with a rounded texture and ripe fruit intensity. While cassis, blackberry, baking spice, and wild herb flavors support each other on the complex palate, leading to a layered and long finish. Very youthful but perfectly balanced, this will certainly develop even greater depth with some time in the cellar, should you be patient enough to wait. Drink now – 2035.
So, Arietta is one of Napa’s great wineries—a pairing of two incredible talents in multi-100-point winemaker Andy Erickson, who’s best known for helming Screaming Eagle, and legendary wine-auctioneer Fritz Hatton, who founded the winery. With access to some of the most coveted vineyards in Napa, their wines inspire a devotion that few other wineries can match.
Arietta’s wines grace the luminary wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants like Per Se, The Modern, Jean-Georges. Not to mention 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.