Quartet 2011 - Arietta

USA Napa Valley

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Tasting notes for the Quartet 2011 - Arietta

  • EYE: Arietta's Quartet dances in the glass with its robe of deep and brilliant red, heralding a rich and concentrated wine.
  • NOSE: This 2011 vintage unveils a complex bouquet blending aromas of black fruits such as blackberry and cherry, accompanied by subtle notes of licorice and vanilla. The ensemble reveals a captivating olfactory depth.
  • MOUTH: The Quartet 2011 convinces us with its elegant structure. Well-integrated tannins offer a silky texture, while flavors of blackcurrant, plum, and cedar unfold delicately. Balanced acidity brings freshness and liveliness, extending the tasting experience to a persistent finish.


In short: The Quartet 2011 from Arietta is a masterfully orchestrated blend, revealing the quintessence of the four selected grape varieties. A red wine that combines power and finesse with remarkable elegance. To reach its peak, it is recommended to cellar this Quartet for another 5 to 10 years. Pair this exceptional wine with dishes such as grilled beef fillet, herb-roasted lamb, sautéed mushrooms, an aged cheese like Comté, or a Mediterranean vegetable sauté.

Other appellations from this estate: H Block Hudson Vineyards, Variation One, Cabernet Sauvignon, On The White Keys, Quartet, Merlot Hudson Vineyards, On the White Keys "Artists' Reserve", 88 Keys...

Product Details

Data sheet

75 cl
Red Wine
Grape Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley
California, United States
Producer: Arietta

Famous wine estate from the Napa Valley


The Arietta Estate is a quite recent creation, as it was founded back in 1996, in the American Napa Valley (to be more specific, it's located in the Los Carneros AVA district). There, John Kongsgaard, his wife Maggy and their business partner Fritz Hatton planted a small vineyard (less than 1 hectare of surface) and built their new wine estate. John was the man behind the Kongsgaard Wine company and Fritz was a famous wine auctioneer (he used to work for Zachys Wine Auctions Inc.) Together, they wanted to create a fine wine, born from their love of classical music. The name of the estate comes from the arietta movement found in Ludwig van Beethoven's legendary "Piano Sonata No. 32" (Opus 111), composed by the German artist after he lost his hearing. You can even find the sheet music on the estate's wine labels.

In 2003, the two partners started producing Cabernet. The following year, their Bordeaux-inspired Claret wine was released, made with 4 red grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet FrancMerlot and Petit Verdot. In 2005, Fritz Hatton bought back all the shares owned by John Kongsgaard and thus became the sole proprietor of the Arietta Estate. After this, the Claret changed its name to "Quartet", as a way to stay close to the musical themes of the estate. The estate now produces 6 cuvées in total: H Block, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Quartet, Variation One (five red wines) and On The Wine Keys (the only white wine made by Arietta since 2005, using a blend of Sauvignon and Sémillion grapes). The couple hired the services of Andy Erickson, a former Harlan Estate employee.

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