2006 Arietta "H Block-Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1065373 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright full ruby-red. Brooding aromas of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate, complicated by graphite minerality and black olive. Lusher in texture than the nose suggests but also vinous and precise, with dark fruit, coffee and espresso notes that reminded me a bit of St. Emilion. The substantial dusty, building tannins avoid coming off as dry; in fact, they're quite plush even if this wine still calls for at least three or four more years in the cellar. Very 2006 in style. (ST)  (6/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard offers spicy, chocolaty, menthol, burning ember, red and black fruit, asphalt, truffle, graphite, and oak characteristics. While this is an impressive offering, the tannins are more noticeable than they were last year, and the wine is more closed and backward. (RP)  (12/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, gutsy and full-bodied, with tight cedar, tobacco, dried currant and spicy herbal elements that gain complexity, while maintaining a tight structure. Ends with mineral and herb notes and chewy tannins on a long finish. (JL)  (5/2009)

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Cabernet Franc

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