Sumptuous and mouth-filling, the 2016 Arietta Red Quartet is loaded with a mouthwatering mix of rich blueberry compote, blackberry and black cherry fruit, and integrated new wood cedar. The beautifully silky tannins weave themselves around crushed-stone minerality, all polished off with savory crushed herbs and brown spices.
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—to name just a few. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes for the 2016 “Quartet” were sourced from two southern Napa vineyards farmed by Mike Wolf, one of the most sought-after grape growers. Wolf regularly tends to vines for some serious Napa heavy-hitters including Kelly Fleming, Arrow & Branch, Ellman, Adamvs, Lindstrom, and Quixote, to name just a few.
Wolf’s viticultural prowess, combined with Andy Erickson’s winemaking is the definition of a wine country All Star Team. If winemaking was an Olympic sport, it’d be wise to put all your chips on these two to take home gold—especially in the 2016 vintage, which was stunning. Robert Parker’s editor-in-chief, Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, has echoed what we’ve been saying for months: that the 2016s possess “a kind of effortlessness about the wines,” further adding that it’s “a fabulous vintage for expressing terroir.”
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. Erickson took the winemaking reins in 2005. Robert Parker counts himself a fan, calling them “powerful,” and “authoritative,” while Antonio Galloni adds “fabulous,” “absolutely gorgeous,” and Stephen Tanzer declares them “always splendid.”
In keeping with the Hatton’s love of music, the label features a drawing of string instruments by the Hatton’s daughter Libby—the next generation of Arietta—underscored by an image of a manuscript fragment from the Cavatina movement of Beethoven's String Quartet Opus 130. From the label to your glass, we cannot recommend this enough. Take at least half a case and thank us later.