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ARIETTA "QUARTET" PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY 2016
The 2016 Quartet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black in color, it features youthful, vivacious black and red currants notions with an undercurrent of black plums, mulberries, Indian spices and fragrant earth plus wafts of tobacco and new leather. Full-bodied and laden with decadent black fruit and spicy layers, it has a velvety backbone and long spicy finish.
NVWE Notes: If already wonderfully satisfying, this wine can only get better. The nose is a focused, richly textured, Bordeaux-esque perfume of Cassis, black cherry, black raspberry, blueberry, violet, grilled black fig, cola, cedar, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate, licorice root, leather, black olive and damp forest scents. There are tannins to note on the palate, but also loads of sweet-natured fruit that mirrors the aromas. The texture is supple and the balance dinner-worthy, while the finish is lingering and expressive. Expect several more years of growth and years of pleasure after that. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc & 1% Petite Verdot. 1400 cases made.