Ivory Keys
2011 Semillon
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 89
Vintage: 2011


Ivory Keys

Napa Valley

5 cases produced


Last year Arietta released its first “On The White Keys Artists’ Reserve”, a four barrel blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon which spent 20 months in barrel. For PNV 2013, the Arietta team of Fritz and Caren Hatton, proprietors, and Andy Erickson and Morgan Maureze, winemakers, has created a reverse Artists’ Reserve blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, all from the Hyde Vineyard in Napa/Carneros—making it as rare as ivory keys on a grand piano.

Aging Process

Barrel fermented and aged 9 months in new French Oak

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Andy Erickson

Winemaker, Arietta

Winemaker, Andy Erickson

Andy Erickson, Arietta's winemaker, is one of the most accomplished winemakers of his generation. After working at wineries in Napa and South America, he earned his Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis, in 2000. Prior to joining Arietta in 2005, Erickson worked for Harlan Estate as assistant winemaker, and for Staglin as winemaker. Erickson’s first project for Arietta was the development of its first-ever white wine, Arietta On The White Keys. Erickson assumed control of winemaking at Arietta with the 2006 vintage. Erickson also makes wine for Favia, Dalla Valle, Ovid and Dancing Hares.

Country born: United States

Education: MS, Enology, UC Davis 2000

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work.

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1500 Whitehall Lane
Saint Helena  CA  94574

Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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Continuum Estate 2012 Red Wine Napa Valley 18
Arietta 2011 Semillon Napa Valley Ivory Keys 17
Chateau Montelena Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga K Block Blend 10.23 17
Far Niente 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Martin Stelling Vineyard 17
Heitz Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 16
Snowden Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 16
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