Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards Reviews

2016

The Cabernet Franc-dominated 2016 Red Blend H Block is also deeply colored and gives up a thrilling bouquet of cassis, blueberries, forest floor, crushed violets, and graphite.  With full body, bright yet integrated acidity, thrilling purity of fruit and a great finish, it’s one seriously good Cabernet Franc to drink over the coming 15+ years.  This cuvee is 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot aged in 68% new French oak. – Jeb Dunnuck (January 2019) 97 points

2015

Arietta’s 2015 H Block Hudson Vineyards, 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot co-fermented, is another gorgeous wine from Arietta in this vintage. Resonant, open-knit and seductive, the 2015 has much to offer. I would prefer to give the 2015 at least a few years in bottle to allow the aromatics to open up a bit more. Even so, the 2015 is pretty special today. – Antonio Galloni (January 2018) 95 points

2014

The most expensive wine in the portfolio is the 2014 Proprietary Red H Block, a blend of 68% Cabernet Franc and 32% Merlot from the Hudson Vineyard in Los Carneros. A young, promising and youthful wine – elegance and power are combined in a deep ruby/purple wine with notes of forest floor, white flowers, blueberry, raspberry and firm tannin, but it is well-integrated and the wine medium to fullbodied with an almost ethereal delicacy when it moves across the palate. This is a beauty, still young and relatively unevolved, but promises to be sensational with another 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 20-25 years at the minimum. – Robert Parker (December 2016) 94+ points

2013

A deep, powerful wine, the 2013 H Block hits the palate with serious depth and intensity. Sweet red berries, mint, crushed flowers, anise and rose petal open up gradually, but it is the tannin profile of the Franc that really stands out. There is a lot to like here, but readers need to be patient. Today, the 2013 is incredibly aromatic and precise, but the wine’s pedigree is likely to take a few years to fully come through. – Antonio Galloni (October 2015) 95+ points

2012

Mocha, red plums, spices and new leather meld together in the 2012 H Block, Arietta’s Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend. Soft, textured and silky on the palate, the 2012 impresses for its depth and creamy, resonant personality. This is another winner from Arietta. Texturally, the H Block is a bit softer in its contours than the Merlot.  – Antonio Galloni (December 2014) 94 points

2011

Medium red ruby. Knockout perfume of raspberry, caramel, lead pencil, tobacco and licorice. Silky on entry, then vibrant and delineated in the middle palate, offering insinuating intensity to its flavors of dark berries, sandalwood and minerals. Combines a texture of liquid silk with uncanny energy and definition and a light touch. Finishes with outstanding building perfume and lift. A great and classic example of its vintage.  – Steven Tanzer (May 2014) 93 points

2009

Andy Erickson is the winemaker at Arietta, a project owned by Fritz Hatton, whom I have known for years in his role as one of this country’s most dynamic auctioneers. This was the first time I had tasted the Arietta wines comprehensively. The 2009 H Block Hudson Vineyards is a rich, deep and totally expressive. Dark red fruit, spices, mint and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from this beautifully delineated red. Sweet, silky tannins round out the elegant, supple finish. In 2009 the H Block is 78% Cabernet Franc and 22% Merlot. – Antonio Galloni (December 2011) 92 points

2007

A prodigious wine, the 2007 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard (a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot) boasts a deep purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet nose of lead pencil shavings intermixed with spring flowers, black raspberries, black currants, and incense. Deep and full-bodied with a stunning texture, sweet tannin, and superbly integrated acidity, alcohol, wood, and tannin, this 2007 should age effortlessly for 20+ years. – Robert Parker (December 2008) 95 points

Bright medium ruby.  Expressive, very ripe aromas of black raspberry and smoke.  Rich, broad and fat with fruit; compellingly thick and deep in the style of the vintage but with its ultimate character still hidden behind baby fat.  Quite dense and fine-grained wine with enough juiciness and sweet tannins to give it the guts to age.  This very nicely balanced blend is most impressive today on the long, building, thick finish. –  Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (June 2011) 94 points

2004

International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer) | “A 60/40 blend of cabernet franc and merlot) Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, dark chocolate and brown sugar. Super concentrated, sweet and spicy, with a captivating sugar/acid balance. The violet and cassis flavors are complemented by deep, nuanced soil tones. A compellingly sweet, silky blend with outstanding breadth and opulence. Finishes with building, ripe tannins and great persistence. This amazingly expressive wine seems ready to bottle.” – Stephen Tanzer (May 2006) 90 points

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