Prior Release 2004

Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson Vineyards 2004. A record-setting heat wave in September with attendant dehydration reduced yields dramatically. In barrel and at bottling the Arietta H Block 2004 was beautifully perfumed and forward, with flavors of medium density and great persistence. The wine is now hibernating (as is often the case for Ariettas between two and four years after vintage date) so best to try after 2008. (400 cases)

Arietta Red Wine Variation One 2004. The densest of the Arietta 2004’s, the Variation One, shy at birth, has awakened and fleshed out in the late spring of 2007, and for the moment is the showiest of the 2004 Arietta red wines. We still recommend holding the wine for consumption after 2008; if you cannot, we recommend extended aeration before serving. (500 cases)

Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon 2004. Superripe, intense, and high-toned, the Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 should be at its best after 2009. (80 cases)

Arietta Claret 2004. The first Arietta Claret, the 2004 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 14% Petit Verdot from vineyards farmed by David Abreu at the top of Howell Mountain. The relatively high percentage of Petit Verdot gives the wine great depth and staying power. Best held until 2008 and beyond. (150 cases)