“Arietta’s label features the manuscript of Beethoven’s Arietta movement from his last Piano Sonata, Opus 111, written long after the composer had lost his hearing. Opus 111 is one of the most transporting and revolutionary pieces of music ever composed. Serene yet complex, rich yet ethereal, Beethoven’s Arietta provides an inspirational model for great winemaking.” – Winery’s website.
Arrieta, under the guidance of winemaker Andy Erickson (Screaming Eagle, Mayacamas, Dalla Valle, etc.) is definitely considered one of the valley’s most coveted and finest ultra premium Bordeaux producers. If you are unfamiliar with Arrieta, then check out the wines and website HERE!
The 2021 Arrieta Merlot is a standout and knows how to SING! From a special block in Lee Hudson’s legendary Carneros vineyard, this Merlot is off the charts! I can’t recall a better Merlot in recent years. The buoyant blue cassis-like fruit simply pops and carries into the lengthy streamlined finish. The quality found here lets us know 2021 will be an exceptional vintage in Napa Valley.