Collector alert. We have a truly rare, and nearly impossible to find wine from Arietta, crafted by 100-point winemaker Andy Erickson, formerly of Screaming Eagle. Arietta is one of the legendary Napa producers, with a cult following of mailing list clients and Sommeliers alike. 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 — just to name a few. Our own Sur Lucero, MS says, "I had the great fortune to showcase Arietta wines during my time on the floor at The French Laundry. I remember when they were released, they created a whole new category for white wine in Napa for us to utilize in our wine pairings. To say the release of this Quartet white, some 12 years later, is anything less than highly anticipated — would be an understatement!” The opportunity to be among those who gain access to this first release of Arietta’s captivating and layered Quartet Sauvignon Blanc is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Founded in 1996 by music-loving friends Fritz and Caren Hatton and John and Maggy Kongsgaard, the Arietta wines earned instant recognition for their balance, elegance, and expressiveness. Andy Erickson took the winemaking reins in 2005, and added white wines to the Arietta family — wines that have never since failed to cause wine critics to gush. Robert Parker calls them “powerful,” “authoritative,” while Antonio Galloni adds “fabulous,” “absolutely gorgeous,” and Stephen Tanzer declares them “always splendid.” This inaugural release of the 2016 Arietta Quartet Sauvignon Blanc, with illustrious vineyard sources from Carneros and hillside Sonoma Mountain, is the newest addition to what are among the most distinctive premium white wines from Napa Valley, and around the world.
While Andy Erickson is best known for his perfect-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons, he shows a mastery of skill in this seductive and extraordinary white. It is captivating, harmonious and sensuously textured, and will be coveted at the top restaurants in the country and in the cellars of collectors.