*Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon
Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
Vintage 2006: [ST 94] [CT 91]
Vintage 2007: [ST 94] [CT 94] [AG 94]
Vintage 2008: [ST 92] [CT 92] [AG 93]
Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced in the 2003 vintage. Since 2007 the core of the wine has been a 1.6 acre block of Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon in Coombsville, a small vale just east of the town of Napa. Planted by viticulturist Mike Wolf in 1999 and still under his management, the vineyard incorporating the Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon block is recognized as one of the finest, if not the finest site for this varietal in Coombsville. The soil is primarily volcanic, and the Arietta block has a southwestern exposure which is the most favored in this relatively cool climate. The grapes require longer than typical hang time (often until mid-October), and develop great depth of flavor without exceeding 25.5 brix. Depending on the vintage we occasionally add small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, or Merlot to the wine. Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon is raised in 75-80% new French oak for twenty months before bottling the second July after harvest.