2007 Arietta "Quartet" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(51% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot; from David Abreu's Howell Mountain vineyard and Hudson Vineyard fruit) Good red-ruby color. Ripe, sweet aromas of currant, cherry, coffee and chocolate, with an enticing floral element. Broad and sweet in the mouth, with currant and chocolate flavors dominating. Conveys an impression of low acidity yet there's no shortage of energy here. Finishes with dusty, soft tannins that will not get in the way of enjoying this wine early. Aged in 100% new oak, but the percentage for subsequent vintages will be 75% to 80%, according to proprietor Fritz Hatton. (ST)
Sweet tobacco and currants on the nose, this is very perfumed. Opens nicely with some time in the glass. Full bodied, with silky tannins and and a chewy finish. A little austere, but I like that.
Dense and tightly wound, with black currant and loamy earth aromas and chewy blackberry, spice and cedar flavors that finish with firm tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (TF, Web-2010)