Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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The Arietta H Block Red Wine 2018 is a magnificent Bordeaux-style blend that showcases the essence of Napa Valley’s Hudson Vineyards. Crafted by renowned winemaker Andy Erickson, this wine is a harmonious marriage of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, echoing the elegance of Right Bank Bordeaux.

In the glass, it presents a deep, inviting hue that hints at its complexity. On the nose, the wine exudes an aromatic bouquet of red raspberry, nutmeg, cumin, licorice, and subtle oak notes. The aroma is effusive and inviting, promising a sensory journey.

Upon tasting, the Arietta H Block reveals its energetic and rich character. Ripe fruit flavors dance across the palate, accompanied by complex spice notes that add layers of depth. The wine’s structure and weight hint at its exceptional aging potential, poised to evolve gracefully over the decades.

Aged for twenty months in 100% new French oak barrels and bottled without fining or filtration, this wine encapsulates the true essence of its terroir. The 2018 vintage stands as a testament to the outstanding growing season, resulting in a compelling and hedonistic wine.

With critical acclaims including 95 points from Wine Enthusiast, this Arietta masterpiece is best enjoyed after some cellar aging, with its prime drinking window between 2028 and 2038. The Arietta H Block Red Wine is a Cellar Selection that promises to reward those with the patience to let it mature into an even more extraordinary expression of Napa Valley’s Hudson Vineyards.


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Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
This is such a spectacular showcase of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, both from Hudson Vineyards in Carneros. Spicy in nutmeg and clove, with red and black currant layered throughout, it finishes on accents of cedar, violet and crushed rock. Best from 2028–2038. Cellar Selection.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
A wine that needs a few years of bottle age, the 2018 Red Wine H Block Hudson Vineyards checks in as 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot and offers a relatively reserved yet potential-laced bouquet of red and black fruits, chocolate, toasted spices, and dried tobacco. These carry to a full-bodied, concentrated, textured wine with plenty of tannins, rock-solid overall balance, and a great finish. It opens up with time in the glass, but the smart money is on hiding bottles for 2-4 years, and it should evolve for 15 years thereafter.

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