2016 Arietta Arietta Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, January 2020

A co-fermented mix of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, all from the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, the 2016 Red Wine H Block is a beauty that just sings of high-class Cabernet Franc with its forest floor, leafy herbs...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2018

(96+ points) Composed of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, the 2016 Proprietary Red H Block is deep purple-black in color and a little youthfully shy to begin, unfurling to reveal stunning blackberries, black...
VN 95

Vinous, December 2018

(95+ points) The 2016 H Block Hudson Vineyards, Arietta's Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, has really shut down post bottling. That is probably a very good thing for its long-term prospects. Beams of tannin give the wine...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

This is a tremendously memorable and well-made cofermentation of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot from one specific block of the mighty Hudson Vineyard in Carneros. Reduced slightly, it brims in graphite, earth and dried...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, January 2019

Solid, with a gutsy edge to the mix of juicy black currant and blackberry compote flavors, inlaid with charcoal, bay leaf and tobacco accents. Dark but racy through the finish, revealing a smoldering hint. Cabernet Franc...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.9%
Closure Cork

Introducing the 2016 Arietta Arietta Proprietary Red H Block Hudson Vineyard, a captivating red wine that exemplifies the pinnacle of Cabernet Franc and Merlot from the esteemed Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, California. With its deep, alluring hue and a cork closure, this wine promises a sensory journey that is sure to delight even the most discerning palates.

The 2016 vintage boasts a rich, complex blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, resulting in a wine that exudes elegance and finesse. Its deep purple-black color is a testament to the intensity and concentration found within. On the nose, this wine reveals a symphony of aromas, including forest floor, leafy herbs, iron, truffle, and a medley of sweet red and black fruits. Each scent mingles harmoniously, creating an olfactory experience that is nothing short of enchanting.

Upon the first sip, the Arietta Proprietary Red H Block showcases its incredible seamlessness and full-bodied nature. Silky tannins dance on the palate, while savory layers of flavor unfold, beautifully framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins. As the wine lingers, a mineral-tinged finish leaves a lasting impression, inviting the drinker to savor each moment.

Renowned wine critics have already recognized the extraordinary qualities of this wine. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive score of 96 points, praising its high-class Cabernet Franc characteristics and its ability to age gracefully for decades. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also bestowed a score of 96 points, applauding its stunning blackberry, kirsch, and cassis aromas, as well as its long and mineral-infused finish.

Vinous, with a score of 95 points, noted the wine's potential for longevity, emphasizing its potent and virile nature. Wine Enthusiast, scoring it 95 points, described it as a tremendously memorable and well-made cofermentation, with layers of graphite, earth, and dried herb. Lastly, Wine Spectator awarded it 92 points, praising its bold mix of juicy black currant and blackberry flavors, accompanied by notes of charcoal, bay leaf, and tobacco.

The 2016 Arietta Arietta Proprietary Red H Block is an exceptional wine that demands attention and admiration. With its impeccable balance, complexity, and potential for aging, this wine is truly a treasure to behold. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future indulgence, this red blend promises an unforgettable experience for all who have the pleasure of encountering it.