2003 Arietta Arietta Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • IWC 94
  • WA 93

Reviews for 2003 Arietta Arietta Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard

IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
Good full ruby-red. Brooding pure aromas of black fruits licorice and shoe polish; this smells like young austere Bordeaux. Then slightly reduced and tightly wound in the mouth and currently dominated by its powerful... Good full ruby-red. Brooding pure aromas of black fruits licorice and shoe polish; this smells like young austere Bordeaux. Then slightly reduced and tightly wound in the mouth and currently dominated by its powerful structure. There are intense black fruits here but the wine is in an awkward stage today with the tannins currently dominating. Almost certainly better than it's showing: I'd wait at least three or four years before pulling the cork.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2005
The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard (a 500-case blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as aromas of sassafras underbrush menthol cassis... The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard (a 500-case blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as aromas of sassafras underbrush menthol cassis crushed rocks and graphite. Although more closed than it was last year out of barrel it reveals a beautiful texture an explosively rich style and a long pure finish. I would not be surprised to see this wine merit a score in the mid-nineties once it sheds some of its tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+.This partnership between winemaker John Kongsgaard and auctioneer Fritz Hatton has produced distinctive singular wines with the H Block a California version of Bordeaux's famed Cheval Blanc and the Variation One a "who knows what the heck" blend of Merlot and Syrah. Think of it as a hybrid version of a Bordeaux Graves mixed with a Rhone Valley Hermitage. All of the current portfolio offerings are top-notch although the 2004s are not up to the quality level of the last three vintages.