My favorite wine is the 2007 Proprietary Red H Block from the Hudson Vineyard. Made from an intriguing blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as aromas of blue and black fruits intertwined with spring flowers, chocolate, and espresso roast. This pure, full-bodied 2007 is both hedonistic and intellectually satisfying. It should continue to evolve for 10-12+ years.
Arietta, an ultra-premium Napa winery specializing in limited production Bordeaux-style blends, is owned by wine specialist and auctioneer Fritz Hatton and his wife Caren. One of America’s most celebrated winemakers, Andy Erickson, crafts the Arietta wines from carefully chosen blocks in the cooler climates of Napa Valley.
The Hattons founded Arietta in 1996 in partnership with winemaker John Kongsgaard and his wife Maggy. The partnership was born of a shared passion for fine wine and classical music. The Arietta wine portfolio currently consists of five red wines — H Block Hudson Vineyards, Merlot Hudson Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Quartet, and Variation One — and one White Wine, On The White Keys.