2009 Arietta "Variation One" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1267134 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (58% syrah and 42% merlot): Bright red. Knockout sexy, wild nose combines crushed blackberry, minerals and game; I might have picked this as Hermitage. Then intensely flavored, sappy and powerful, with savory dark berry and game flavors framed and lifted by black peppery acidity. No easy sweetness here. Finishes very long, saline and firmly tannic, with resounding notes of pepper and game. I'd hold this wonderfully perfumed wine for at least five or six years before pulling the cork. Very Old World in style. (ST)  (5/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Variation One (Syrah/Merlot) is soft and caressing from start to finish. The fruit is a bit understated in this delicate, feminine wine. Crushed flowers, red fruit and tobacco are layered nicely into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. (AG)  (12/2011)

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