Arietta Quartet 2019
Following on the heels of the much-heralded 2018 vintage, the wines from 2019-another nearly flawless growing season-have surprised and delighted us from the very beginning. In contrast to the 2018 wines, which are characterized by their breadth, richness, and generosity, the 2019 vintage wines are defined by a high level of energy, intensity, and precision. There is a similarly impressive weight to the wines, and the hedonistic appeal is there in spades. However, along with the dark hues, depth, and opacity of the wines comes an aromatic brightness and a remarkable level of detail and finesse. The slightly lower yields in the vineyard in 2019 also added to the concentration and structure, elements that will certainly help the wines to age for many years to come. Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Aromas of blackcurrants, sour cherries, blackberry leaves, dried thyme and spice box. Some earthy undertones. Full body with firm, supple tannins. Creamy finish. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink or hold. Checking in as 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2019 Red Blend Quartet offers up a ripe, yet pure bouquet of blue fruits (blueberries, cassis), lots of spring flowers and tobacco, medium to full body, a pure, sumptuous mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a great finish. It’s a great value. The 2019 Red Blend Quartet is a tasty, entry-level wine from Arietta. Red flowers, spice, mocha and dark cherry fruit are nicely lifted in this attractive mid-weight offering. This deceptively soft, entry-level offering has tons of pedigree and plenty of mid-term cellaring potential. Best after 2024.