Arietta Red Wine Variation One is a rare and innovative blend of Merlot and Syrah from the Hudson Vineyards on the Napa side of Carneros. The blending of “wild” Syrah with “civilized” Merlot creates a complex and layered wine with a unique aromatic profile.
The Arietta Red Wine Variation One 2007, Arietta’s distinctive and dynamic “marriage of opposites,” is a co-fermented blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Merlot, from the finest rows on the Hudson Ranch. The 2007 tops the critics’ charts. When released Robert Parker wrote: “A sensational effort, the 2007 Variation One displays a vivid, super-fragrant perfume of bouquet garni, white chocolate, blackberries, plums, and subtle smoky oak. Full-bodied with silky tannins, a decadent opulence, and a sumptuous texture, this is a head-turning, full-bodied, expressive wine to enjoy over the next 15-20 years.” Recent tastings reveal that the 2007 Variation One has deepened and softened after ten years in bottle, and has approached peak drinkability.
Blend: 55% Syrah, 45% Merlot
Fruit Sources: 100% Hudson Vineyard, Carneros
Elevage: Aged 22 months in French oak, 100% new