Arietta 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (96 pts)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Gorgeous, expressive aromatics meld into dark red stone fruits in a Cabernet of pure breed and class. These cool sites in Coombsville yield a Cabernet built on savory aromatics, perfume and depth. There is so much going on in the glass that words prove superficial in trying to describe just how beautiful the 2012 is. Majestic. That might do it. This is the finest and most complete set of wines I can remember tasting from Arietta. Proprietor Fritz Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson seem to have reached a new level of quality with the 2012s and 2013s, both of which are brilliant. This is a fabulous showing from top to bottom.- 96 Points, Vineous
91 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "Their most conventional cuvée, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a two-acre block of vines in Coombsville. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue as well as juicy blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, a subtle hint of new oak in the background, and touches of earth and spice. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, structured, Bordeaux-like Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, full, ripe and impressive, although still very young. Forget it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 15-20 years."