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2000 Arietta "H Block Hudson" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1066103 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2000 Arietta (equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc) tastes like an over-sized, phenomenal Cheval Blanc. It has blossomed beautifully since I tasted it last year. A dense purple color is followed by scents of cocoa, underbrush, chocolaty black cherry and black currant fruit, minerals, truffles, and graphite. A big, thick, chewy, tremendously long, intense, well-balanced red, I would love to taste it alongside the 2000 Cheval Blanc. It should hit its prime in 3-4 years, and last for two decades. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Moderately saturated ruby-red. Wild aromas of game, espresso, tobacco leaf and five-spice powder. Pliant in the mouth but not as expansive or deep as the riper vintages, displaying modest sweetness and finishing with slightly drying tannins. Still very well made and appealing... (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2000 Red Wine H Block is soft, open-knit and resolved. Although not especially complex at this stage, the 2000 offers lovely balance, as it has not been totally eaten away by the oak, as other vintages have been. Hints of orange zest, dried flowers, dried cherries and mint add nuance. A hint of brett is detectable. I would prefer to drink the 2000 sooner rather than later. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Cabernet Sauvignon. Co-founded by John Kongsgaard. Two years in 100% new French oak. Open, hints of vegetal character, blackcurrants, lots of concentration in the core but very delicate on the finish. Open, fleshy, classic. 17.5/20 points. (RH) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

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