Arietta’s first ever varietally designated Cabernet Franc
Sourced from the H and 9W blocks on Lee Hudson’s ranch in the Los Carneros nested appellation
To Kalon and Eisele clones in H Block; H Block Clone in 9W
Includes a small percentage of Merlot from the Hudson I Block
After 22 years of making a Cabernet Franc rich wine - the Arietta H Block - Arietta is finally putting both feet foot forward for Premiere Napa Valley by designating a wine Cabernet Franc. Arietta First Franc expresses two generations of the H Block, as Arietta’s rows in Block 9W were planted in 2011 using clonal material taken from the 30-year-old vines in the H Block. Winemaker Andy Erickson and assistant winemaker Patrick Nyeholt chose their favorite barrel of H Block to be the foundation of First Franc.
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
My goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work.
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