Arietta Variation One is a powerhouse of a wine. Its mouthwatering, explosive entry boasts aromas of fresh-dug earth, smoke, diesel, and ripe black fruits. It exhibits all that is great about both of these varieties, especially when grown in their favorite conditions. The dark, brooding character of the Syrah is tempered by the juicy, vibrant acidity and fresh berry notes of the Merlot. The wine is aged in 50% new French oak for 20 months, rounding the tannins and providing a soft, plush texture, even for such a powerful wine
The majestic, broad-shouldered Arietta Red Wine Variation One 2012 looks as much to the Rhone as it does to Bordeaux for inspiration. In recent vintages we have allowed the Syrah to come forward in the blend and have reduced the percentage of new oak to 50%. Extraordinarily deep, rich, and long, the Arietta Variation One 2012, softened by the addition of Merlot and the reduced new oak, welcomes enjoyment now.
Blend: 70% Syrah, 30% Merlot
Fruit sources: 100% Hudson Vineyards, Carneros
Production: 230 cases