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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 5 
TypeRed
ProducerArietta (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
DesignationVariation One
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2017 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Arietta Variation One on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 38 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cns on 3/23/2015 & rated 91 points: Still fresh, lively and good fruit. Tannins are still pronounced and this needs 2+ hours of air before drinking. (291 views)
 Tasted by EricLi on 7/27/2014 & rated 88 points: Brick on the edge. Strong plum aroma right off, turning into alcohol, and chocolate and dark fruit after 1 hour of decanting. Only alcohol and tannins to start, but it gradually integrate and shows some chocolate flavor, remain tannic though. (1146 views)
 Tasted by EricLi on 3/20/2013 & rated 88 points: On nose, it smells cherry and oak. On palate, very tannic with a hint of sweetness. It needs time to open up to show more nuances. 1-2 hours decanting definitely helps. On day 2, the tannins turns into quite a nice dark chocolate note. (2159 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 3/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Started out with some unpleasant medicinal aromas. Evolved in to dark berries jam and smoked ham. Very attractive nose even if it's non-integrated. In the mouth, this is a big (not huge) wine. M++ body, M+ tannin and exaggerated acids that did well with the vinegar dressing but not the other courses. Unusual for me, this red wine's bouquet attracted my attention more than tha palate did. 2001 impressed much more.
Decanted 2 hrs. Had at Restaurant Tani (Gaienmae, Tokyo) wife girigiri 90 p. (2426 views)
 Tasted by Purejuice on 2/3/2013 & rated 93 points: Nose seemed of-putting, medicinal but flavors meld well, good fruit (2173 views)
 Tasted by cunni001 on 11/22/2011 & rated 90 points: I know I am going against the trend, but this wine seemed very young and raw to me, maybe I just don't understand and it is actually diminished and shot. Did not seem balanced, but had the feel of a big fruit potential, but not good mid palate. Will have to try again sometime soon in hopes it gets better, or I realize it has long left the station. (3413 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 9/8/2011 & rated 90 points: Not decanted. (2925 views)
 Tasted by TwoSmoochies on 7/4/2011 & rated 92 points: Very nice after it opened - decant for an hour (2270 views)
 Tasted by jerhardt on 6/14/2011: Very ripe, extracted, and lots of oak. Not my style, but was certainly a crowd pleaser. (2282 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 6/1/2011: Interesting wine and different than I expected when I pulled the cork. The wine is showing definite signs of age with bricking around the rims and medium red color. Definite earthy flavors that were almost barnyardy....not sure I really tasted syrah as opposed to simply older Bdx varietals....I enjoyed the wine and found it nice balanced with still plenty of fruit but no obvious oak and tannins resolved. I don't think I would buy it again for $80...Kongsgaard pricing not really for me. (2182 views)
 Tasted by kenthargis on 4/12/2011: Mum drank by accident also. (2219 views)
 Tasted by cortoncharlie on 12/27/2010 & rated 88 points: Not particularly interesting (2490 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 7/18/2010 & rated 94 points: Sampled 7/17/10. Fully opened in the glass within 15 to 30 minutes. This very fruit forward wine is overripe blueberries and black and red currant. Some menthol at mid palate through the finish. Some dried herbs at mid palate. The alcohol through on the finish a bit too much which took it down a point for me. 70% Merlot really rounded this wine out and made soft and smooth (but not silky). The 30% Syrah gave it some real backbone and density. In top form, where it will likely remain for a few more years. (2764 views)
 Tasted by Vinomarcus on 1/6/2010 & rated 92 points: Wednesday Night Blind - January 2010 (Peter Pratt's Inn): Very tannic at first and tough to judge, it opened slowly in the glass with a lot of swirling and revealed very nice notes of black fruit, Asian spices, cedar, new leather and cocoa powder. This wine had a lot of heat initially, I actually thought it may be a Cali Petite Sirah because of the heat and the black color. It really got its act together though and was a terrific wine. (3478 views)
 Tasted by InflationHedge on 1/3/2010 & rated 93 points: An interesting image...dark and cloudy in the glass, with overt dark fruit and earth on the nose. I did decant, but did not allow to sit long before we started our celebration. The follow through on the palate was true, with big plum and cherry flavors, mirroring the image in the glass. Big and chewy, with good texture and lingering finish. I wish I had another bottle to see how this evolved. (3111 views)
 Tasted by vcarroll on 12/14/2009: Outstanding! 95 (3182 views)
 Tasted by kkazaks on 12/11/2009 & rated 92 points: A chimera of a wine - kept changing in the glass.

Decent amount of sediment. Decanted for about 90 minutes, shared with a large group.

The wine showed hints of bricking when decanted and in the glass - a touch of orange at the edges. Also, the body of the color is browned - not lush purple but like a slightly aged Hermitage, with some faded purple thrown in.

The nose was highly alocholic, but that alcohol was balanced on the palate. The nose offered up stewed plums, earth, candied plums, leather, occasionally dried herbs.

The palate was even more expressive - as I said, chimerical. One sip tasted like candied plums, the next like clay-loam earth and leather. Despite being so rich and alcoholically full-bodied, the tannins were most subtly - the attack came across the middle of the palate without dropping to the lower palate. Some syrah spiciness but balanced by the merlot - not rawly spicy as some syrahs can be.

Good acidity present in this wine, no doubt allowing it to age for 5+ more years.

I'm not surprised by the variations in ratings for this wine. If you like the bright lush fruit bombs, this was probably best consumed upon release up to 2 years ago. If you like a Kongsgaard complexity puzzle of a wine (after all, he used to make wine at Newton which makes Le Puzzle), you will appreciate this wine.

92 points. (410 views)
 Tasted by windgod on 4/18/2009 & rated 90 points: 14.1%. This one is RP95. 70% Merlot and 30% Syrah. Bright minty nose with some cassis and a large glycerin edge. Lighter palate (to the H block) showing less fruits, though there were dried cherry flavors, lilacs, new saddle leather and black raspberries. The acid was lively but the alcohol was a touch too over powering. Looks like this needs more time to come around. (3645 views)
 Tasted by OregonWineGeeks on 4/17/2009 & rated 93 points: Friday, April 17, 2009
8:07 PM

This Claret from California is deep and dark red wine. The nose is very expressive, with black fruit, pepper and graphite. The fruit up front taste is delightful, with tart acidic layer that tingles and excites the palette. The layer lasts right into a very long dry tannic finish. This will get better an better over time but is very drinkable now. 93, chewy and awesome (2908 views)
 Tasted by CMCLR on 1/28/2009 & rated 88 points: Somewhat disappointing as compared to prior bottle. Hoping for more on night #2. (3401 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/30/2008 & rated 94 points: Arietta Blindtasting: 2000-2003 (Palo Alto, California): Group's #5 (my #1) – 36 pts; 1 1st place vote, 3 2nd place votes, 2 thirds, 3 last places – Dark red violet color; delectable spicy plum, charcoal and oregano nose, that opens, after 30 minutes, to show more berry and raspberry; tart, concentrated, minerally, tart plum and graphite palate; medium-plus finish 94+ pts. (70% Merlot, 30% Syrah) (3609 views)
 Tasted by OneLastSyrah on 5/21/2008: ($100) Realm Tasting at Lola: Blind 1 - higher toned nose with volatility and some mineral aromatics. I heard one taster compare it to jaegermeister. Kind of a mess. All sugar and alcohol. Disappointing. (3223 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 4/4/2008 & rated 88 points: Very deep garnet, but all purple is gone. Milk chocolate, violets and blueberries on the somewhat monolithic nose. Smoot, silky and big with a touch of cocoa on the finish. A big and somewhat dumb wine by JK’s standards – some will like this style much better than I do. (88) (3752 views)
 Tasted by astrauss on 8/24/2007 & rated 94 points: Deep dark purple. Thick, sweet and unctuous. Loads of black cherry, licorice, expresso, chocolate, and oak/vanilla on the nose. Velvet finish. I did not decant but should have as there was some sediment in the bottom of the bottle that should have been eliminated. Very nice wine that was quite enjoyable and will improve with additional bottle age. (4078 views)
 Tasted by ml on 1/4/2007: Ultra-tight. Seems very balanced, but I don't get much out of it this evening other than smokiness. Will be looking forward to the other half of the bottle tomorrow to see how it progresses over a day.

I will probably hold off at least four to five years on opening the next one.

DAY 3: Couldn't get back to this on day 2, but wow, on day 3 this is still going strong - very nice. It really improved, and I felt like I got some handle on what this will be like in the future - very nice. (4368 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
(Arietta Variation One Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
(Arietta Variation One Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/30/2008)
(Arietta Variation One) Group's #5 (my #1) – 36 pts; 1 1st place vote, 3 2nd place votes, 2 thirds, 3 last places – Dark red violet color; delectable spicy plum, charcoal and oregano nose, that opens, after 30 minutes, to show more berry and raspberry; tart, concentrated, minerally, tart plum and graphite palate; medium-plus finish 94+ pts. (70% Merlot, 30% Syrah)  94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/17/2004)
(Arietta Variation One) Big vanilla, oak nose; rich, concentrated, tasty, vanilla, ripe plum palate; long finish  95 points
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