On The White Keys 2012 - Arietta

USA Napa Valley

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Tasting notes for the On The White Keys 2012 - Arietta

  • EYE: On The White Keys 2012 from Arietta boasts a robe of golden yellow, shining brightly in the glass, suggesting a white wine of great richness.
  • NOSE: This subtle blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes delights the nose with a delicate bouquet. Aromas of fresh citrus, white peach, and white flowers harmoniously mingle, offering an elegant olfactory invitation.
  • MOUTH: The 2012 vintage reveals all its finesse. The liveliness of the Sauvignon Blanc brings a tonic freshness, while the Sémillon imparts a creamy texture. Flavors of lime, pear, and a slight touch of vanilla unfold gradually, culminating in a persistent and balanced finish.


In short: This "On The White Keys" 2012 from Californian wine estate Arietta embodies a perfect balance between freshness and aromatic complexity. A white wine that will convince you with its delicacy and ability to express the quintessence of the two grape varieties it comprises. Optimal between 4 and 8 years, this white wine will gain complexity over time. Pair this nectar with a grilled shrimp salad, herb-roasted poultry, or a seafood risotto.

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
White Wine
Grape Variety
Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon
Napa Valley
California, United States
On The White Keys
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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