The Arietta project is owned and run by the Kongsgaard and Hatton families. John Kongsgaard is a fifth generation Napan, but the first in his family to make wine while Fritz Hatton is the nation's foremost wine auctioneer. The partners came together through their love of music. Their friendship in music is reflected in the Arietta wine label: Beethoven's manuscript of the sublime Arietta movement of his last piano sonata, Opus 111.
Arietta Quartet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from carefully chosen vineyard blocks in the Napa Valley. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (61% new), Arietta Quartet is approachable upon release, but rich enough to age well for ten years or more. The label features a drawing of the instruments of the string quartet by eight-year-old Libby Hatton, a future proprietor of Arietta. The wine's balance with ripeness and freshness is due to its two vineyard sources at the southern tip of Napa Valley.
Pairs well with
94 Wine Advocate 93 Jeb Dunnuck
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot