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H Block Hudson Vineyards

2018 Red Blend
Napa Valley
Release Date October 2020
  • Arietta's flagship co-fermented blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, first produced in 1996; vines planted in 1986

  • Proprietors Fritz and Caren Hatton and winemaker Andy Erickson present blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot

  • Aging 22 months in French oak barrels, 65-75% new. Ideal drinking window 6-20 years after harvest, production 400 cases

Andy Erickson

Andy Erickson, Winemaker

My goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
15-20 years
MS, Enology, UC Davis 2000

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.