A fantastic top Napa Merlot from Arietta and former Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson. Limited. 92 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The Arietta 2017 Merlot is fruity and easygoing, with soft contours and silky tannins that make it a pleasure to taste today. Super-ripe dark cherry, spice, leather and cedar wrap around the succulent finish. This is a very pretty, exotic Merlot." 93+ Robert Parker: "Deep purple-black in color, the Arietta Merlot has a captivating nose of crushed red and black plums, Black Forest cake and underbrush with hints of spice cake and dried mint. Full-bodied, plushly textured and packed with warm black fruits and baking spices in the mouth, it has a long peppery finish."