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(Arietta On the White Keys, Sonoma) Fritz Hatton, head auctioneer for Zachys, founded Arietta with winemaker John Kongsgaard in 1996, based on their mutual admiration for fine wine and classical music. After Kongsgaard produced a string of highly soughtafter bottlings, the talented Andy Erickson took over the winemaking in 2006. He created this beauty from some tiny parcels of mountainside Sauvignon Blanc and old-vine Sémillon. The wine spends eight months in a combination of stainless steel and French oak, and the result is an outstanding Bordeaux Blanc-style blend with great depth and complexity, boasting fig, honeysuckle, and melon aromas and mouthwatering citrus flavors. Hot Picks
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