Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards Napa Valley 2013
VM94: "The 2013 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is round, supple and inviting. Like all of the Arietta 2013s, the Merlot is surprisingly approachable, with far less tannin and overall structural heft than it has shown in the past. Dark red cherry, iron, herbs, menthol and licorice give the 2013 its distinctive earthy, savory personality. There is so much to like here."
Arietta is an ultra-premium Napa winery specializing in limited production Bordeaux-style blends, is owned by wine specialist and auctioneer Fritz Hatton, and led by ex-Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson. This single block Merlot comes from the famed Hudson Vineyard. It is aged 21 months in 45% new French oak and delivers notes of red fruit, mint and rose peal. Very long finish. Less than 400 cases produced.