RED BLEND Arietta Wines "H Block" (902234)
2016 H Block
Napa Valley, California
Case of 6
411 cases produced
95pts Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection
Grapes: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, co-fermented
Tasting Notes: The core of the "H Block" cuvée comes from thirty-year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted on a rare volcanic outcropping just above the Hudson "Merlot Cathedral". The 2016 vintage was co-fermented, taking just the heart of the Merlot block and harvesting it on the same day as the Cabernet Franc. As usual, native yeast fermentation, and a long, carefully controlled maceration helped to meld together the two varieties, bringing forward the best of what they have to offer. The Cabernet Franc provides the cassis, blueberry, brown sugar character, while the Merlot brings dark chocolate to the aroma and a chewy richness to the finish.