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Arietta Quartet 2018 750ml
SKU: 210000007430

Arietta Quartet 2018

  • we95
  • jd92
  • v92


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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Arietta
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
With all four of our Bordeaux varieties performing at virtuoso level, the 2018 Arietta Quartet is an ode to joy. The wine is almost flirtatious from the glass, with alluring aromatics and a deep but vivid color profile. Fresh raspberries, cocoa, and hazelnut are some of the first descriptors that come to mind when the wine is poured. As it opens, notes of baked blueberry pie, toasted almond, and smores on the campfire bring a smile. On the palate, the texture is tightly woven and smooth, even with the grand intensity of the fruit that penetrates the palate. This is a layered, serious offering, with a solid framework, a sound foundation, but with a soft, playful shape reminiscent of a Frank Gehry design. The defining feature of this blend is undoubtedly the purity and core strength of the fruit-red raspberry, wild strawberry, and preserved cherry. It is the power of this fruit that holds together the myriad layers of savory and spice-vanilla bean, nutmeg, sandalwood, flint, and juniper berries, just to name a few. While this wine was exceedingly enjoyable directly from the bottle, without decanting, it will certainly benefit from aging in bottle, which will only heighten the intensity and help to meld together the many components that went into its formation.
Wine Enthusiast
  • we95

This blends 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot into a cohesive whole of complex structure and grace. Cedar, pencil shavings, iron and crushed rock provide a savory foundation complemented by lush richness in the form of dense blueberry, dark chocolate and nutmeg. Enjoy best from 2028-2035.

December 31, 2020
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd92

Functioning as the second wine of this estate, the 2018 Red Blend Quartet checks in as 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the remaining 1% Petit Verdot. Lots of red and black fruits, leafy herbs, spring flowers, and sandalwood notes emerge from the glass, and on the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and has a supple, elegant, seamless texture as well as nicely integrated acidity and just a great finish. It's undeniably delicious today yet should evolve gracefully for 10-15 years in cold cellars.

January 27, 2021
  • v92

The 2018 Red Blend Quartet is plump, juicy and forward, all of which make it an absolute joy to taste now. Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, spice and licorice flesh out in this succulent red blend from Arietta. Bright floral notes and a kick of red fruit liven up the finish.

January 2021