2015 Arietta Quartet Napa Valley
Regular Price $72.00
Insiders Only Special $54.99
Six-Bottle Deal $300/$50 a bottle (Shipping Included on Six)
Arietta, in its original form, was the partnership of Napa Valley legend John Kongsgaard and auctioneer Fritz Hatton. These two, with his long history of making wine in Bordeaux at places like Newton during their best days in the 1980s, and the latter who had made a career, in part, working with and selling those wines, shared a mutual vision of creating refined, truly Bordeaux-style wines right here in the good ol’ Napa Valley. The two were also extremely passionate about music. John was, in fact, for many years the director of Chamber Music for the Napa Valley Symphony. Their shared passions formed the basis for the wonderfully sophisticated labels of Arietta. Although the show is solely run by Hatton these days, Arietta and Quartet, their flagship ‘Red Bordeaux Blend’ still exhibits the polish and sophistication of Kongsgaard’s sure hand. While not trying to imitate Bordeaux per se, the Quartet does reflect a certain Bordelaise sensibility…sort of Medoc meets Napa. It’s easily one of the more complex blends of its type we’ve had. Quartet is a blend of, as you may have guessed by its name, four different Bordeaux grape varieties- 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot sourced from carefully chosen sites in Coombsville, Calistoga and Carneros that, when artfully combined, create a wine that shows not only uncommon grace, but also the power and potential longevity of Napa’s best. If indeed Bordeaux, then think of the elegance, graphite and mineral of Margaux rather than the power and tannin of, say, Pauillac here. The gorgeous 2015 is seamless, plush and textural with a ‘melted mineral’ aspect to it and an iron-fist-in-a-velvet glove finish. It’s really fabulous…..everything you could ask for from a wine project whose mission it is to balance Napa’s power with the finesse of the Old World. Drink it now for its forward fruit and ravishing aromatics and temper it with a deep red wine loving dish like a braised lamb leg or a grill-roasted beef tenderloin. But please also take advantage of this excellent price to lay some down for the future. We don’t have a lot so please order soon!
Antonio Galloni: 93 Points
Tasted after the other 2015s in this range, the Quartet, Arietta's entry-level offering, does not show a demonstrably significant drop in quality, which is probably the highest compliment I can pay it. Hints of raspberry jam, cedar, smoke and licorice add shades of nuance throughout. What a pretty wine this is.
- Buy 6 or above and pay only $50.00 each