Our 95-Point White Wine of the Year
Out of the thousands of wines we tasted this year, the 2016 Arietta “Quartet” Sauvignon Blanc is our #1 White Wine of 2017. Our Master Wine Team rated it 95 points. This nearly impossible to find wine from Arietta was crafted by 100-point winemaker Andy Erickson, formerly of Screaming Eagle. 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. This inaugural release of “Quartet” Sauvignon Blanc, with illustrious vineyard sources from Carneros and hillside Sonoma Mountain, is among the most distinctive premium white wines from Napa Valley, and around the world.
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.”
Our own Sur Lucero MS helped usher Arietta into the limelight when he featured them on the wine list of The French Laundry. Now, with the release of this captivating and layered 2016 Arietta Quartet Sauvignon Blanc — Erickson shows what he’s capable of in this seductive and extraordinary white.
Learn about how we select each wine for you. But don’t miss out on this special new allocation of the 2016 Arietta “Quartet” — our 2017 White Wine of the Year. See our full list of top 50 wines for 2017.