Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
The Artesa Carneros Chardonnay is first and foremost about aromatics, and the techniques used are designed to retain the signature Carneros aromas of lemon-citrus and white blossom while accentuating the minerality and vivid, fresh fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the wine. Partial barrel fermentation, malolactic and lees stirring create layers, imparting hints of cedar and honey and wrapping the flavors in a rich, generously-textured mouthfeel.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "2012 won high praise from vintners even before harvest began, and, if we still see Chardonnay as something of a mixed bag in the vintage, this absolutely delectable offering hits all the right fruity marks and then goes several steps more. It is deep in very precise, optimally ripened appley fruit, and it is decked out with plenty of sweet oak, and, if still a bit ragged around the edges, it is nicely balanced and is waiting to grow. It will need another year in which to better knit together, but it should improve for several more, and it gets thumbs up for fine value."
Artesa Vineyards and Winery
Artesa's architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to méthode champenoise sparkling wine production. But in 1997, with the arrival of a world-class winemaker and a $10 million conversion, the winery shifted focus dramatically. Artesa was born with the inaugural release of ultra-premium still wines in September 1999.
Artesa (ahr TESS uh) means "craftsman" and connotes "handcrafted" in Catalan, language of Barcelona and their owner, Codorníu, one of the world's largest and oldest wineries. The Codorníu Group actually consists of six spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the globe. So, while Artesa is a relative newcomer to Napa, their heritage is rich. They share five centuries of history with 15 generations of a remarkable winemaking family. View all Artesa Vineyards and Winery Wines
About CarnerosView a map of Carneros wineries
Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Notable FactsBoth Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros are delicate, yet complex, with firm structure and acidity. And while the pair are the most popular varieties of the region, some winemakers have branched out, particularly with Syrah. The cool climate Syrah of Carneros is well structured and stylistically similar to Syrah from the Northern Rhone, though often fuller-bodied.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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3 ratings, 3 with reviewsL of colorado - Longmont, CO55/25/2014
One of my favorites. Vanilla, caramel, nutty undertones.Andy L, Florida - Cape Coral, FL15/1/2014I just don't see it. 4 stars ??? This is one of the weakest Chardonnays I tasted in the last 20 years. It has no finess, no body and is totally overwhelmed by acidity. It's a lousy representative for the Carneros-area. The regular Kendall Jackson Vinters Reserve at half the price beats this disappointing wine by a landslide. I'm using the other 3 bottlesd as cooking wine !!! It will work well next winter in a cheese fondue !Alfa Guy - Morrisville, PA44/10/2014
- Rich & Creamy
An excellent consistent effort. Right balance of high quality juice, lees, oak and a good winemakers influence. A great value on the Wine Shopper site..
- Rich & Creamy
- Pair With
- My Vongole al Forno.. Middlenecks
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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