Winemaker Notes: "With all four of our Bordeaux varieties performing at virtuoso level, the 2018 Arietta Quartet is an ode to joy.  The wine is almost flirtatious from the glass, with alluring aromatics and a deep but vivid color profile.  Fresh raspberries, cocoa, and hazelnut are some of the first descriptors that come to mind when the wine is poured.  As it opens, notes of baked blueberry pie, toasted almond, and smores on the campfire bring a smile.  On the palate, the texture is tightly woven and smooth, even with the grand intensity of the fruit that penetrates the palate.  This is a layered, serious offering, with a solid framework, a sound foundation, but with a soft, playful shape reminiscent of a Frank Gehry design.  The defining feature of this blend is undoubtedly the purity and core strength of the fruit—red raspberry, wild strawberry, and preserved cherry.  It is the power of this fruit that holds together the myriad layers of savory and spice—vanilla bean, nutmeg, sandalwood, flint, and juniper berries, just to name a few.:

Blend:  51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Fruit Sources: 51% Coombsville, 48% Carneros, 1% Pope Valley
Elevage: 20 months in French oak barrels, 30% new
Production: 1486 cases

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