Red

2001 Arietta Variation One

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 33

  • AlexHop Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 29, 2018 - Beautiful, lush and expressive. Classic Napa cab. Perfectly aged.

  • Tgood Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 14, 2017 - Fading medium ruby reddish translucently clear w/ ambering edges and fairly thick glycerin legs - so looks exciting like an old brunello. High-toned sour nose of stewed cherries and tomatoes along w a whiff of tobacco. Lively tartness -perhaps unbalancedly so - targets this ideally as a palate cleaning food wine (from California in 2001!!). Tastes as if a few red cherries were steeped in tomato water along w tea leaves and a bit of tobacco. AG's take on this in Vinous I think probably was based on a bad bottle as this bottle faithfully stored at 55 drinks freshly mature w idiosyncrasies for sure but no crazy flaws - another example of ideal v non-ideal cellaring?

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  • beej Likes this wine:

    July 15, 2015 - Medicinal and brisket on the nose, a bit hot as well.
    Wax and lavender as well. Great legs......
    Tight but not from tannins, just spicy tight, alcohol tight.
    All Syrah....nothing right bank about this.....
    A more than worthwhile wine experience........

  • Cristal2000 Does not like this wine: 87 points

    June 23, 2015 - Very tannic. Just not good.

  • jonphillips wrote: 91 points

    October 26, 2012 - Tight, but not sure of potential. Tannic ... Yet the acid seems to be building and the Syrah drowning out the merlot.

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015 (May 2017), 5/17/2017 (link)

    (Arietta Red Wine Variation One Hudson Vineyard Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

    (Arietta Variation One Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108 (link)

    (Arietta Variation One Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    2/22/2005 (link)

    (Arietta "Variation One") An interesting blend of Syrah and Merlot. Very Northern Rhone like on the nose with game, garrigue, violets, blueberries & plums. Great synergy in the mouth with juicy dark fruits, great concentration, serious restraint and wonderful elegance. There is some American oak tones but . . hey . . . that is part of the package. One of the best CA wines I have had in a while. Very classy stuff.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Arietta
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Variation One
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 418 (51%)
  • Consumed 401 (49%)

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