1999 Arietta Merlot

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  • Merlot
  • 750ML
  • WA 92
  • WS 92
  • IWC 92

Reviews for 1999 Arietta Merlot

WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2002
The 1999 Merlot (which includes 10% Syrah) exhibits a Pomerol-like character. It represents a synthesis in style between the elegance and complexity of a French wine and the power and ripe fruit of a top-flight California... The 1999 Merlot (which includes 10% Syrah) exhibits a Pomerol-like character. It represents a synthesis in style between the elegance and complexity of a French wine and the power and ripe fruit of a top-flight California offering. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cola chocolate and macerated jammy black cherries. This super-concentrated high strung packed effort appears to be as tight as a coiled spring. There is great fruit on the attack as well as an imposing structure but it feels like that is all being held in check at present. Despite the big intense flavors the wine is elegant and light on its feet. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2002
Classy. Dark rich and full-bodied with excellent structure firm tannins and a solid core of earthy currant herb cedar pencil lead and mineral flavors that are deep complex and full-blown. Remarkable detail and finesse... Classy. Dark rich and full-bodied with excellent structure firm tannins and a solid core of earthy currant herb cedar pencil lead and mineral flavors that are deep complex and full-blown. Remarkable detail and finesse. Firmly tannic it's a good candidate for cellaring. Best from 2003 through 2012. 950 cases made.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2002
Very good medium ruby. Complex ripe aromas of black raspberry bitter chocolate game iron smoke and licorice along with exotic notes of nutmeg mace and five-spice powder. Very concentrated and sappy with tightly wound... Very good medium ruby. Complex ripe aromas of black raspberry bitter chocolate game iron smoke and licorice along with exotic notes of nutmeg mace and five-spice powder. Very concentrated and sappy with tightly wound black fruit flavors firm acids and solid ripe tannins. Loads of extract here. Not your typical California merlot. Youthful and built to develop in bottle. This may well merit a higher score with a few years of additional aging.