2013 Arietta "Variation One" Napa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1255605 96 points Vinous

 The 2013 Variation One, a blend of old-vine Merlot and Syrah from Hudson, is just as fabulous today as it was from barrel. An exuberant, flashy wine, the 2013 captures the intensity of the year in spades. The flavors are dark and bold, with aromatic overtones from the Syrah and voluptuousness from the Merlot. What a gorgeous wine this is. Once again, I was quite taken with Fritz Hatton's Arietta. The wines are made in small quantities and are available only in a few markets, but from a purely qualitative perspective, they are as good as anything being made in Napa Valley today. Sadly, rarely I hear any buzz about Arietta, and that is a shame, as the wines are gorgeous and distinctive. Winemaker Andy Erickson has done a terrific job with these new and upcoming releases. (AG)  (10/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lastly, the 2013 Variation One is 52% Merlot and 48% Syrah, from proprietors Fritz and Caren Hatton. The wine is an enticing blend with plenty of blackberry, cocoa, a hint of chocolate and spice. It’s hard to define the rather big percentage of Syrah mixed in the blend. The wine has an opaque purple color, is rich, but also structured and tannic. Forget it for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following 20. 90+ (RP)  (12/2015)

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