Red

2003 Arietta Variation One

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • bob23 Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 14, 2018 - Nicely integrated and balanced. Not a huge amount of Syrah popping through, (I’ve had other years that showed more leather) but a great combination of the two grapes. Still got a year or two of stuffing left in it - our bottle came from the winery’s cave this winter.

  • bnord81 wrote: 95 points

    February 1, 2018 - Robert Parker-The stunning 2002 Variation One (70% Merlot and 30% Syrah) exhibits an exotic, opulent personality with a deep purple color, and sweet aromas of cocoa, new saddle leather, black raspberries, cassis, and acacia flowers. Full-bodied, with beautifully integrated oak (all of these wines are aged in 100% new French wood), wonderful sweetness, tremendous delineation, and laser-like clarity and transparency of character. A beauty, it is ideal for drinking over the next 10-15 years.

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  • Peech Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 2, 2017 - very ripe and sweet on the nose. Later on really fragrant and oaky, and jammy and rich. Tannins still strong. Wine held up for more than 3 hours after opening, but after 3½ hours tannins felt more astringent and became more prominent. After 4 hours, showed some coffee notes on top of smoke.

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  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    January 6, 2017 - I very much enjoyed this and wish we had more bottles. Drank next to a Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul and in comparison this was more the new world, fruit forward (but I'd say muted compared to other Cali wines). Richer dark red fruit, but still a bit of balance with the more savory characteristics (both wines had a similar flavor profile, but in the PUMA the savory dominated and in this one the fruit did). Great with steak.

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  • lachord Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 8, 2016 - Still plenty of life in it. Dark berries with an earthy, mulchy undertone.

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/30/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Arietta Variation One) Group's #1 (my #4) – 25 pts; 6 1st place votes, 1 2nd place votes, 1 third, 2 last places – Opaque dark red violet color; nice roasted fruit and tart plum nose, that changes over 30 minutes or so to bittersweet milk chocolate and blackberry nose; tight, but pure, black fruit, tart blackberry, charcoal with touches of pepper, bittersweet chocolate and roasted meat; medium finish 92+ pts. (60% Merlot, 40% Syrah; needs a few more years)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 483 (57%)
  • Consumed 354 (42%)

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