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Arietta "Quartet" Red Blend 2018 (Napa Valley, CA)

95PTS W.E.

Producer Notes: With all four of our Bordeaux varieties performing at virtuoso level, the 2018 Arietta Quartet is an ode to joy. The wine is almost flirtatious from the glass, with alluring aromatics and a deep but vivid color profile. Fresh raspberries, cocoa, and hazelnut are some of the first descriptors that come to mind when the wine is poured. As it opens, notes of baked blueberry pie, toasted almond, and s'mores on the campfire bring a smile. On the palate, the texture is tightly woven and smooth, even with the grand intensity of the fruit that penetrates the palate. This is a layered, serious offering, with a solid framework, a sound foundation, but with a soft, playful shape reminiscent of a Frank Gehry design. The defining feature of this blend is undoubtedly the purity and core strength of the fruit—red raspberry, wild strawberry, and preserved cherry. It is the power of this fruit that holds together the myriad layers of savory and spice—vanilla bean, nutmeg, sandalwood, flint, and juniper berries, just to name a few.

While this wine was exceedingly enjoyable directly from the bottle, without decanting, it will certainly benefit from aging in bottle, which will only heighten the intensity and help to meld together the many components that went into its formation.

Wine Enthusiast, 95 Points: “This blends 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot into a cohesive whole of complex structure and grace. Cedar, pencil shavings, iron and crushed rock provide a savory foundation complemented by lush richness in the form of dense blueberry, dark chocolate and nutmeg. Enjoy best from 2028–2035."

Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Points: "WFunctioning as the second wine of this estate, the 2018 Red Blend Quartet checks in as 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the remaining 1% Petit Verdot. Lots of red and black fruits, leafy herbs, spring flowers, and sandalwood notes emerge from the glass, and on the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied and has a supple, elegant, seamless texture as well as nicely integrated acidity and just a great finish. It’s undeniably delicious today yet should evolve gracefully for 10-15 years in cold cellars."

James Suckling, 91 Points: "Blue fruit with some bark and ash undertones on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with tight tannins and a medium finish. Shows leanness and firmness at the end. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Drink or hold."

Wine Advocate, 90 Points: “A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Quartet offers up expressive scents of stewed plums, warm cassis, boysenberries and blackberry preserves with hints of sautéed herbs, spice cake and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a racy backbone and rounded tannins that support the baked berry flavors, finishing on a savory, dried herbs note."


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Specs
Product ID:
IN0016443
Appellation:
Napa Valley, CA
Vintage:
2018
Volume of Alcohol:
14.9%
Composition
51%:
Cabernet Sauvignon
24%:
Cabernet Franc
24%:
Merlot
1%:
Petit Verdot
Awards
95 Points:
Wine Enthusiast
92 Points:
Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points:
James Suckling
90 Points:
Wine Advocate