2000 Arietta "Variation One" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1273265 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red-ruby. Wilder, more animal aromas of black fruits, dark cherry, smoke, leather, licorice and game. Wonderfully sweet and stuffed with material; distinctly softer and fatter than the H Block bottling. Complex flavors of currant, plum, leather, licorice and minerals. Perhaps even longer on the finish than the H Block though not as fine, finishing with substantial dusty tannins. 'A wilder, crazier, growling kind of a wine,' admits winemaker John Kongsgaard. (ST)  (5/2003)

93 points Vinous

 The 2000 Red Wine Variation One, here in its debut vintage, has aged impeccably. Dark cherry, plum, scorched earth, licorice, game and new French oak give the wine much of its virile, imposing personality. The 2000 is now mature, but has enough fruit density to drink well for at least a handful of years to come. (AG)  (5/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Variation One comes from the Hudson Ranch, and is aged in 100% new oak (none of these wines could be called 'oaky'). Its dense purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of new saddle leather and roasted meats. Although monolithic, it is medium to full-bodied and intense. Given my confidence in Kongsgaard’s winemaking, it will undoubtedly reveal more 'music' with 3-4 years of bottle age. A blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Syrah... (RP)  (12/2003)

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