Prior Release 1997

Arietta 1997. This was the “break-through” vintage for Arietta. 1997 was a fabulous vintage for Cabernet Franc in Napa, and we briefly considered making a 100% Cabernet Franc wine. In the end Merlot was added to provide additional body and suppleness on the palate. Final composition: 81% Cabernet Franc from the Hudson “H” Block, and 19% Merlot from the Hudson “N” Block. The wine’s intensity and opulence belies its composition-try serving it blind to wine savvy friends! Arietta 1997 can be enjoyed now (we suggest decanting to provide aeration before serving), but continues to evolve and improve. (750 cases)