The 2013 Merlot Hudson Vineyards is round, supple and inviting. Like all of the Arietta 2013s, the Merlot is surprisingly approachable, with far less tannin and overall structural heft than it has shown in the past. Dark red cherry, iron, herbs, menthol and licorice give the 2013 its distinctive earthy, savory personality. There is so much to like here.
94/100 Vinous/Antonio Galloni