- Presentation of the winery
Napa Valley is an American wine region, located in California. This area is renowned for the high quality of its wines, thanks to a Mediterranean climate.
The Arietta estate was founded in 1996 by Fritz and Caren Hatton, in collaboration with winemaker John Kongsgaard. Fritz Hatton has extensive experience in the fine and rare wine business, and is also the foremost wine auctioneer in the United States. Andy Erickson, one of the most accomplished winemakers of his generation (he was assistant winemaker at Harlan Estate before joining Arietta) is Arietta's winemaker. The first project led by Andy Erickson for Arietta was the production of a white wine : On the White Keys (first vintage produced in 2005).
Classical music, especially Opus 111 from the last Piano Sonata from Beethoven is a constant source of inspiration for the estate, both artistically and in taste research for the production of estate wines. The manuscript of Beethoven's Arietta movement is included in each wine label from the estate.
Arietta estate currently produces four red wines: H. (Hudson) Block, Variation One, Cabernet Sauvignon and Quartet, and a white wine: On the White Keys.
Originally produced under Arietta Claret label, the name was changed in 2006 to Arietta Quartet. Quartet reminds the four vine varieties used for the production of this wine, and also the musical context of the brand.
The wine is produced from four Bordeaux varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon (predominant since 2008), Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a hint of Petit Verdot. Wines are kept separate during fifteen months after harvest, and then begins the assembly stage, which will continue till bottling. Well balanced, complex, developing rich and various aromas, this wine is a really approachable upon release.