Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards Reviews

2016

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he 2016 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is quite savory and laid back in this vintage, with the fruit more pushed in the background at this stage. Black cherry, blackberry jam, spice, licorice and bittersweet chocolate are some of the signatures. Reticent today, the 2016 is likely to require at least a few years to be at its best. Silky tannins and expressive aromatics add to the wine’s considerable appeal. There is quite a bit of potential here that much is evident. – Antonio Galloni (January 2018) 91-94 points

2015

The 2015 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is plump, juicy and absolutely delicious. Dark cherry, raspberry jam, mocha and sweet spice all flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine’s freshness and overall vivacity that stand out most. An impeccably balanced wine, the 2015 will drink well for another 10-15 years, maybe more. – Antonio Galloni (January 2018) 94 points

2014

Arietta’s 2014 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is gorgeous. Surprisingly, it is also richer, deeper and more pedigreed than the Quartet and Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage. Exquisitely layered and supple, the 2014 possesses striking depth to match its creamy, inviting personality. Layers of plum, black cherry and mocha built into the supple, inviting finish. Naturally, the 2014 is quite young. It can be enjoyed today, but readers who appreciate the complexity that develops only in bottle will have to be patient. – Antonio Galloni (May 2017) 94 points

2013

The 2013 Merlot Hudson Vineyard emerges from the oldest vines in Lee Hudson’s famous Carneros vineyard. Deep, rich and unctuous, yet impeccably balanced throughout, the 2013 is a real head-turner. Layers of fruit open up in a distinctive, Merlot endowed with real depth and personality. The 2013 is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. – Antonio Galloni (October 2015) 96 points

2012

Arietta’s 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson’s vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. – Antonio Galloni (December 2014) 95 points

2011

From the oldest vines on Hudson ranch, dating back to the early ’80s, according to winemaker Andy Erickson. Medium red ruby. Captivating floral perfume lifts black raspberry, wild herbs and spices on the nose. Equally aromatic in the mouth, displaying juicy, intense, low-fat flavors of dark berries, wild herbs and crushed rock. By most accounts, the earlier ripening merlot performed well in the Carneros area in 2011 and this example is a standout. The long, slowly mounting finish saturates the mouth with perfume. I’d give this very youthful wine at least a couple years in the cellar for its palate to catch up with its nose. – Steven Tanzer (May 2014) 93 points

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