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2001 Arietta "H Block Hudson" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Previously $80)

SKU #1084774 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby-red. Aromas of plum, currant, black raspberry, cedar, graphite and licorice; as Cheval-Blanc like on the nose as any wine in the range. Then vinous and claret-like on the palate, showing less obvious sweetness than the 2002 but terrific grip. Not at all a plush style but superb structure and a firm spine of acidity give it great penetration. This very tight wine still needs at least a few years of patience and should prove to be among the longest-lived vintages of this bottling to date. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (6/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The opaque purple-colored 2001 Arietta (60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc) was very closed when I tasted it. Tightly wound, with dense, full-bodied notes of black fruits, charcoal, smoke, earth, and pain grille, it is big and rich, but tight, structured, and backward. Give it 3-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 12-15...(RP) Inner quote mark (12/2003)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2001 Red Wine H Block is distinguished in this flight of early vintages by its bright acidity and overall energy, two things that have helped the wine retain freshness as the fruit has receded. Orange peel, mint, star anise, licorice and dried rose petal add an exotic flair throughout. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

K&L Notes

A blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, this was produced by co-owners John Kongsgaard and Fritz Hatton. It was sourced from the Hudson Vineyard, also well-known for Syrah and Pinot Noir. The Merlot and Cab Franc are grown on the highest terrain.

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