Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Carneros, California

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Item No. 106353
  • WN91
  • CG90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • RP90
  • ST88
  • WS87

Winemaker's Notes

A bright Carneros Pinot Noir filled with aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry and red currant. This wine is beautifully subtle and multi-layered with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, leather, cedar chest and smoke from a distant campfire. Combining both elegance and boldness, this wine is wonderful to drink now while it also has the concentration and complexity to age well for 5 years.

Pair with braised beef, duck, goose, pheasant, lamb tangine, osso bucco, plank-roasted salmon, semi-soft, herbed and smoked cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"Forward aromas of black cherry, forest floor, new leather and clove. Tart cherry flavors with youthful astringency and roughhewn tannins. Compact, tight finish with promising fruit that needs time."
91 Points

"This classy, polished Pinot Noir leans to the restrained, balanced side of the variety while still delivering a keenly focused look at ripe red cherries, hints of cocoa and rooty, dusty earth nuances. If it is perhaps a bit less dramatic than some of its upscale peers, it does come with a more accessible price and has fairly wide distribution in the market. Its tannic spine adds a French-like, sturdy quality, and, as much as we like this wine now, we expect that it will get better and better over time."
90 Points

Learn About Artesa Map ItMap It

Artesa's architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to methode 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)...

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Learn About Carneros

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 Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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