This is a fabulous set of wines from Arietta. Winemaker
Andy Erickson has a great touch in marrying classic Napa
Valley richness with the savory qualities these cooler-climate
sites confer naturally. The 2019s are terrific. Although the
reds get most of the attention, the three whites I tasted for
this report were all compelling.
Arietta's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding.
It will require a number of years to be at its most
expressive and for the bouquet to fully open, but
all of that potential is there. Deep, layered and so
well balanced, the 2019 is impressive right out of
the gate. There is so much to look forward to. Inky
dark fruit and a whole range of cooler-climate
mineral/savory notes typical of Coombsville
punctuate the huge, redolent finish.
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